Want to know how to order a coffee in Paris on your big trip away?

At the Library we can help you distinguish your croissants from your baguettes, help you learn another language from scratch or brush up on the language skills you already have.

Maybe you want to read a book, magazine or newspaper in a language that isn't English? We can help.

Learning English

Borrow English language courses, grammar books, or books in simple English to help you learn.

Or visit a library and meet with other people learning English.

Access online resources focused on improving your English skills:

World Languages

At the library we have books, newspapers, magazines, and films and documentaries in languages from all over the world. Borrow titles in 28 languages from the library, including books, magazines and children’s titles -  all for free. See a full list of languages available in our World Languages Collections.

OverDrive has eBooks in a range of languages including ChineseJapanese, KoreanTagalog and Italian. Find out more about OverDrive and the Libby eBook app.

Your library card also gives you access to online newspapers and magazines in 60 different languages via PressReader, including Chinese, French, German, Arabic, Afrikaans and more. Find out more about PressReader

Read eMagazines in French, Spanish, Indonesian, Turkish and more. We have eMagazine titles in 22 different languages.

Watch World cinema in 40 languages, including Spanish, German, and Arabic online with Kanopy.

Learn about library membership and services in Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian and several other languages with our information for newcomers or come to a library event for speakers of other languages.

Want to learn a new language? Try online courses with Mango Languages, borrow language courses from the library or look up local language classes on CINCH.

Learning Te Reo Māori

We have resources to help you learn Te Reo.

Or drop in to New Brighton Library on Thursday mornings and practise with other Te Reo learners. We also have events at the library during Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori / Māori Language Week and you can find local te reo classes with CINCH.