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Did you know the Library has books in eight different languages besides English? Our World Languages Collection has more than 9,000 books in languages like Korean, Spanish and Polish.

It's just one of the special collections we have to meet patrons' needs. Librarian Suzanne Boudreau orders World Language titles and she takes her job very seriously.

When she found out that a student in an English as a Second Language class would be visiting Japan, Suzanne had her scope out the books on display in a Tokyo bookstore!

"I will use every angle I can to try and see what's popular," Suzanne said.

For some languages, the books come from local vendors in Chicago. But for others like Gujarati and Hindi, they come from New Delhi, India. Chinese titles also get shipped in from China - and can take months to arrive!

We have books in:

  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • Hindi
  • Gujarati
  • Chinese
  • Urdu
  • Spanish
  • Polish

You can find the World Languages Collection on the Second Floor of the Central Library. Do you have a book you'd like to see added to the World Languages Collection? Suggest a purchase.