Community Languages


Hobsons Bay Libraries provide collections in eight languages for people who may be from a culturally or linguistically diverse background.  We regularly organise cultural events, bi-lingual story times and cultural displays to support and celebrate Hobsons Bay's diversity. 



Based in our Altona North library, you can browse our fiction, DVDs and magazines and newspapers.


Based in our Altona and Altona Meadows libraries you can browse our fiction, DVDs, magazine titles or newspapers.


Based in our Altona library, you can browse our fiction and DVD collection titles.


Based in our Altona, Altona North and Newport libraries, you can browse our fiction DVDs, newspapers and magazine collection titles.


Based in our Altona and Altona North libraries, you can browse our fiction, DVD, newspapers and magazine titles.


A Macedonian newspaper is available at Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre.


Based in Altona library, you can browse our fiction, DVD and magazines collection titles.


Based in Altona Library, you can browse fiction, DVD, newspaper and magazine Polish titles here.


Based in our Altona Meadows Library, you can browse fiction, DVD, newspaper or magazine titles here.



Language Resources

Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian, Pirate, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more.

PressReader gives you instant access to more than 5000 magazines and newspapers, from 100 countries in 60 languages.

Kanopy lets you stream movies in international languages. 

Journeys to Australia – From one home to another is a collection of 68 inspiring and unique stories collected from residents of Hobsons Bay who migrated to Australia between 1950 and 2012 or were born to migrant   parents.   Books can be purchased at Hobsons Bay Libraries.

Life on a Plate: recipes and stories from Hobsons Bay - Every dish in life on a plate comes with a passion for food, family and community. From Middle east to the Mediterranean, from Asia to the Americas these recipes represent the people of Hobsons Bay.

Additional Council Resources

Hobsons Bay Council also has resources in multiple languages here.

This includes the Hobsons Bay Language Line which offers recorded information about the key Council services in nine community languages, with an option to connect directly to an interpreter along with the Council Officer, should the caller require more information. 


Useful Links

Department of Immigration and Citizenship - Information on immigration, citizenship and visas 

Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria

AMES - A range of settlement services including help to learn English and find a job.

Health Translations - Health information translated into many languages.

Migrant Resource Centre North West - A range of settlement and immigration services.

Victorian Multicultural Commission - News and information on multicultural activities in Victoria.

Australian Multicultural Community Services

Vic Roads - A series of videos, handbooks and fact sheets in a variety of languages.

Refugee Council of Australia The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) - The national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them. 

My Aged Care - Information about aged care services in a variety of languages.!/other-languages