Community Languages

20171204 113524 resizedHobsons 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 storytimes and cultural displays to support and celebrate Hobsons Bay's diversity. 



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Arabic Altona Meadows, Altona North, Newport   Arabic
Arabic magazines 
Chinese Altona, Altona Meadows   Chinese
Chinese magazines
Croatian Altona   Croatian
Croatian magazines 
Greek Altona, Altona North   Greek
Greek magazines
Italian Altona, Altona NorthNewport   Italian
Maltese Altona   Maltese
Polish Altona   Polish
Polish magazines
Vietnamese Altona, Altona Meadows   Vietnamese fiction Vietnamese DVDs Vietnamese magazines

A range of newspapers in each of these languages are available at the Altona Library (Chinese, Greek, Italian, Polish and Vietnamese), Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre (Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese) and Altona North Community Library (Arabic and Italian).

Additionally, a Macedonian newspaper is available at the Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre.


The library provides free access to online resources. These can be accessed in the library or from home. All you need is your library card number and your password. Along with the print and audio visual stock available there are a number of electronic resources which support customers in learning English as a second language or accessing information, resources and services in their own language.

Road to IELTS provides 120 hours of free online self study materials to support both Academic and General Training. Each module contains 12 units based on commonly used IELTS topics and covers reading, writing, listening and speaking.

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.

Mango also have English courses for foreign speakers so that you may learn English in your native language. The languages include Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese and Italian.

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


The library organises regular cultural events, bi-lingual storytimes and cultural displays on a regular basis. Subscribe to the eNewsletter for regular updates. See the event calendar for the full list of events.

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The Hobsons Bay Language Line 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.

Recorded information covers the following topics:

  • Family, Youth and Children Services
  • Aged and Disability Services
  • Rates, Local Law and Fines
  • Waste, Recycling, Town Planning and Building Permits
  • Sport, Recreation and Community Centres
  • Recorded information is available in English, Greek, Vietnamese, Arabic, Italian, Cantonese, Macedonian, Mandarin and Karen. The interpreter access is available for all languages during business hours.

    Council information in your language

    The Hobsons Bay City Council website has information about Council services in the following languages:

    Useful Links

    Hobsons Bay City Council - Multicultural Services

    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

    Seeking English - People seeking asylum can find English classes across Melbourne with the Refugee Council of Australia's Seeking English database.

    Practise your English with these friendly conversation groups based at our libraries and community hubs.

    English Conversation Club
    English Conversation Club is a great way to meet people and enjoy conversations on a range of topics. Sessions are free, morning tea is provided, and everyone is welcome including children.
    Every Monday - running from 6 February until 27 November (excluding school and public holidays).
    10am to 11.30am
    Laverton Community Hub, 95-100 Railway Avenue
    Bookings not required.

    Altona Library
    English Conversation.
    Would you like to practice your English skills?
    Is English your second language? Do you want to improve your English language skills? Practice speaking English with our friendly volunteers in informal and interactive group sessions. Light refreshments provided.

    Come along and make new friends!

    Every Monday starting 5th February from 1.00pm to 3.00pm
    Except for school and public holidays.
    Altona Library meeting room
    123 Queen Street, Altona

    These sessions are free and to register to your interest, please contact:
    Jill MacKenzie
    0439 994 705
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    Auspiced by  Hobsons Bay Refugee Network

    Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre
    Held on Wednesdays, 9.30am to 1.30pm
    Intensive EAL for jobseekers
    Contact: Laverton Community Education Centre on 9369 2726 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Held on Thursdays, 9.30am to 1.30pm
    Conversational English and life skills
    Contact: Laverton Community Education Centre on 9369 2726 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Altona North Community Library
    Held on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9.15am to 12.15pm
    Contact: Williamstown Community Education on 9397 6168 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Other useful links:
    Newport Community Education Centre:
    South Kingsville Community Centre: