The State Library collects Western Australian materials, such as newspapers, oral histories and ephemera, in languages other than English. Teacher resources have been developed based on these heritage collections for use by community language teachers. The resources suggest learning activities that use materials from the State Library’s collections, which support language development and understanding of different cultural groups in Western Australia.

The Community Languages Collection is located​ on the 1st floor. It is an extensive collection of resources in over 40 languages.  The collection of language teaching materials and resources has been made available to community language school teachers through the Office of Multicultural Interests.  The collection also includes Aboriginal languages which supports Aboriginal language learning and encourages the speaking of traditional languages. This was developed and made available in the United Nations 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages. These resources can be borrowed to assist teachers to develop teaching methodology, conduct language classes and develop language teaching materials. 

Sharing our Diverse Heritage. You can watch a series of videos featuring five Western Australians from diverse cultural backgrounds speaking about their heritage, language and their lives in WA.

Newspapers, magazines & books in other languages - State Library members have access to over 6000 newspapers and magazines from all over the world, including 1000 newspapers in over 60 languages. Books and other resources in 45 languages are available through Western Australian public libraries. Contact your local library for more information - a list of addresses and contact details for public libraries in Western Australia can be found here.

Rosetta Stone is a language learning platform and app with 30 languages to meet a range of cultural interests through core lessons to build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and focused activities to refine grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. The platform includes courses for the popular languages of Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Dari, Dutch, French, Tagalog, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Pashto, Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish ( Spain and Latin America), Swahili, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese. Access to Rosetta Stone Library allows for unlimited number of registered State Library members to use the platform or app onsite or remotely. Due to the content including streaming of some video material, you will require a wifi connection. Details to link to the app can be found here.

The State Library now offers library members access to the uTalk app. uTalk allows you to learn new languages in a fun and interactive way. You can learn at your convenience with over 140 languages on offer.

To install uTalk on your personal device:
1. Download utalk from
2. Click login, then student login
3. Choose 'State Library of Western Australia' 
4. Login with your library card barcode and surname in the name field (the device should retain your log in details).

Last updated on: 20 May 2020