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Community Languages and Literacy

Libraries are inclusive spaces used to celebrate and support our diverse community.

Libraries are an essential part of the community; offering a social hub, inspiration to gain a love for literature and helping us to understand ourselves and each other better. Libraries change lives. Libraries changed my life!” – library user.

Greater Dandenong Libraries offer a range of resources such as books, magazines and DVDs in community languages. See below for a list of the languages and the resources available.

The Language and Literacy Service offers free independent language and literacy advice and referrals. The Libraries' qualified staff specialise in English as a Second Language (ESL) and adult literacy. See below for more information.

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Community Languages

The library offers a range of resources such as books, magazines and DVDs in community languages. See below for a list of the languages and the resources available.

Arabic

Bosnian

Chinese

Croatian

French

Greek

Hindi

Italian

Khmer

Persian

Punjabi

Serbian

Sinhalese

Spanish

Tamil

Turkish

Urdu

Vietnamese

Language and Literacy Service

Greater Dandenong Libraries' Language and Literacy Service offers free independent language and literacy advice and referrals. The Libraries' qualified staff specialise in English as a Second Language (ESL) and adult literacy.

Services offered:

  • Confidential language and/or literacy assessments
  • Referral to appropriate English language/literacy courses based on a full assessment of client needs
  • Advice for further study and lifelong learning opportunities
  • Use of interpreter services
  • Job searching help
  • Resume support
  • Filling in forms (one-on-one appointment may be required)
  • Writing letters
  • Assistance with using government websites
  • Advocacy on behalf of clients
  • Conversation Circles
  • Assistance with the libraries' online learning tools.

For free help:

Ask friendly library staff to book you a one-one-one appointment. A library card, email address and mobile phone are required for most services.

It is free to join the library and membership is open to everyone.

For more information view the Library Membership page.
 

Come to a Drop-In session (during school terms only):

  • Dandenong Library: Tuesdays 1pm-3pm and Thursdays 2pm-5pm
  • Springvale Library: Wednesdays 2pm-5pm and Fridays 2pm-4pm

Email: cgdlibraries@cgd.vic.gov.au or phone 1300 630 920

See below for  a range of free online resources and services.

Online Resources and Services

Ask a Librarian

Ask a Librarian a question on our online form.

Ask a Librarian

 

Learning Help for Adults

Library provides help with  resumes, forms, letters, assignments or general questions.

Please phone the library on 1300 630 920 during opening hours to leave your name and phone number or email to get help.

Staff will contact you by phone or by email within 48 hours.

Library Tech Assist

If you need help setting up your devices to use our online resources or general support with your technology, phone the libraries on 1300 630 920 during opening hours for a referral to our Online Library Tech Assist service.

Credo Reference

Credo promotes knowledge building, problem solving and critical thinking to give people the information skills necessary for success throughout their academic, professional and personal lives.

Find My Past

(in library use only)

Infobase

eBooks - Reference material for junior primary level and older.

Informit

Full-text journals covering a wide range of topics including Arts, Humanities, Families and Social Sciences published by RMIT.

Kanopy films

Kanopy allows you to stream the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, and experience the best in independent, classic film, and world cinema.

Topics include instructional films and lessons, global studies and languages.

Hello Australia

A series of programs showing how the English language works and how it is used in Australia.

ESL and Languages

A comprehensive collection of language study films, incorporating ESL Basic English Series and a wide range of documentaries exploring language and culture.

Lynda.com

Software, creative and business skills tutorials from LinkedIn.

Mango

Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and communication in over 70 world languages.

Oxford Dictionaries Premium

Oxford Dictionaries Premium is the home of Oxford Dictionaries' premium language resources for English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

Road to IELTS

Preparation for general and academic IELTS exams

Studiosity

Connect Live

Connect Live service is the best way of getting help in a wide range of subjects including maths, chemistry, physics, business studies and more.

Writing Feedback

For guidance on an essay or assignment writing, please upload it to Studiosity to receive detailed feedback within 24 hours.

Video Tutorials of Selected Learning Resources