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Chinese-language resources tops most borrowed LOTE community library resource in 2016

Research from library provider Civica has found Chinese language resources were Australia’s  most borrowed community library resource in languages other than English in 2016, according to its loans index.

The research, which was conducted to mark Harmony Day on 21 March, found resources in almost 50 languages and dialects available to borrow from Australia’s public libraries, with community language resources comprising 4.4% of all library loans.

Vietnamese was the second most popular language, followed by Russian, Greek and Japanese.

Whitehorse Manningham libraries in Victoria had the most community langauge loans in 2016, with over 250,000. Monash was second, followed by Melbourne and Maribyrnong (all Victoria).

Fairfield City Open Libraries  in NSW had the highest ratio of community language resources to total loans, with language resource titles making up more than a quarter of the libraries’ loans.

For more information, visit the Civica website here.


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