Conversation classes and community days: libraries support multiculturalism

Coinciding with Refugee Week 2019, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has released the Services for Refugees and Migrants report, which demonstrates how libraries across Australia are supporting new arrivals to the country.  

This support can be seen in Wagga Wagga, NSW, where the city library has been facilitating conversation circles through its Language Café program, or in Belmont, WA, where the city has been operating a New Arrivals Library Support project aimed at offering a ‘one stop shop’ for those new to the city.

‘These are just a few examples of the amazing work that libraries are doing across the nation. Libraries are often the first port of call for those new to Australia and it’s great to see how well libraries are supporting their communities’, ALIA CEO, Sue McKerracher, said.

The report was created after consultation with ALIA Members.


About the Australian Library and Information Association

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector.

With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support.  


Karolina Firman, Communications Officer,

Wednesday 19 June 2019 8:00am