Newcomers to Canada

The Library provides materials, information and programs for people who speak languages other than English or French, or who are new to Canada.

Multi-lingual Materials

Featured Languages
The library provides adult and children’s books, magazines and DVDs in many different languages in addition to English and French.   Currently we offer 16 languages in print and many more in DVDs, in addition to those listed in our Featured Languages.  Please ask about our Multi-lingual Collection!


Language Learning
Improve your English with ESL, TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or access language learning resources in other languages.


ESL and Literacy Readers
The library provides a variety of book and CD kits, as well as high interest, low vocabulary readers.

Newcomer News & Programs


November is Hindu Heritage Month
In it's proclomation, the Province of Ontario recognizes the important contributions that Hindu Canadians have made to Ontario’s social, economic, political and cultural fabric.  Hindu Heritage Month is an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about Hindu Canadians and the important role that they have played and continue to play in communities across Ontario.

Learn more about Diwali or explore our collection of South Asian language materials in recognition of this month.


Protect Your Money Against Investment Fraud

This financial literacy workshop for Newcomers and New Canadians is organized by the Welcome Centre Immigrant Services

  • Learn how to recognize and prevent investment fraud
  • Learn the warning signs of fraud
  • Common types of fraud
  • What to do if you suspect fraud
  • Questions to ask before you invest
  • Where to find unbiased financial information

Thursday, November 30, 2017
6:00pm — 8:00pm
Whitby Public Library
405 Dundas St. West, Whitby


To register call: 905-686-6466 or 1-800-214-7163



2016 Census Results
The 2016 census language statistics have been released.  The top 10 non-official languages spoken most often at home in 2016 were: Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog, Arabic, Italian, German, Urdu and Persian (Farsi).


The following language groups recorded growth of more than 25 per cent: Tagalog (+35 per cent), Arabic (+30), Persian (+26.7), Hindi (+26.1) and Urdu (+25). These four posted a decline: Greek (-2.3 per cent), German (-3.3), Polish (-5.5) and Italian (-10.9).


Check out this fun interactive tool to see where you fit in the census!



Test Drive IELTS Online
Try out the British version of IELTS with Road to IELTS Test Drive for 30 free hours worth of practice General and Academic training modules.  Each of the speaking, writing, listening, and reading areas has advice and tutorials, practice zone, and test practice tabs.  And don’t forget to check out the library’s IELTS practice books!



Getting a Job in Canada – Welcome Centre Immigrant Services
Newcomers bring a wide variety of employment skills and experience to their search for employment in Canada; however many are unfamiliar with Canadian job search practices. Welcome Centres offer a wide range of supports to assist in developing the skills needed to find work, such as these job search workshops



Conversation Circles
This is an opportunity for newcomers to practice their language skills in a welcoming environment and learn about Canada with the help of volunteers from the Community Development Council Durham (CDCD). Participants with a variety of language abilities come together to discuss topics, have questions answered, share stories, learn about library resources, and so much more! This is a free drop-in program. Please contact Maria Abogado at CDCD for more information at 905-686-2661 ext.109 or


French Conversation Circle
Central Library
Tuesdays, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
November 7 - December 12, 2017  


English Conversation Circle
Central Library
Thursdays, 6:30–8:00 p.m
November 2 - December 14, 2017


Refugee Information
Find information for and about refugees through and Canada Immigration and Citizenship.


Basic refugee information

Local assistance for refugees

Volunteer to help

Welcome Refugees