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World Languages Collection (WLC)

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The Newark Public Library maintains collections in selected world languages to serve the Greater Newark Area's diverse population. These collections include fiction and nonfiction in the languages listed below:

Children's books can be found at the end of the adult section in each collection.

  • French
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

World languages books are located on the first floor of the Main Library, except for the Portuguese collection, which is housed at the Van Buren Branch. The Spanish collection is located in the Sala Hispanoamericana, a reading room and reference area on the first floor of the Main Library, staffed by bilingual (English-Spanish) personnel at all times.

Searching the Catalog for WLC Materials

World languages materials are listed in the Library's online catalog. If you wish to find materials in a particular language, please click here.

Please note: Catalog entries for works written in Non-Roman scripts (Russian) are in Romanized form.

Interlibrary Loans

Individual Loans

The Newark Public Library is pleased to fill title, author, and subject requests for individual items from all its language collections. Such items are lent for one month.

Libraries may submit their individual item requests via:

  1. JerseyCat
  2. OCLC
  3. E-mail request sent to:
  4. Fax request sent to 973-733-5648

Please note: Our symbol is NPL.

Bulk Loans

On April 21, 2008, the Newark Public Library will re-institute bulk loans of books in world languages to New Jersey libraries.

  • A bulk loan is composed of 25 books in one language.
  • Each library will be allowed to borrow up to 100 books in a given language, in increments of 25 (25, 50, 75...).
  • The loan period will be three months.
  • Loans may be renewed for one additional month only.
  • Libraries may borrow up to a maximum of 300 World Languages Collection items (12 bulk loans) at any given time.

Libraries may procure bulk loans in two ways:

  1. By fax request sent to 973-733-5648.
  2. By e-mail request sent to:

Interlibrary Loan Guidelines

The requesting library is responsible for borrowed materials from the time they leave the supplying library until they have been returned and received by the supplying library. If damage or loss occurs, the requesting library is responsible for compensation or replacement.

For additional information, please see the New Jersey Interlibrary Loan Code.

Service to School Libraries

School libraries are welcome to send us individual item requests as well as to participate in the bulk loan program. Please know that NPL uses Velocity, the statewide delivery system. If your library is not a participant, please call the ILL office at 973-733-7768 to discuss delivery options.

Need Additional Information?

If you have questions regarding The Newark Public Library's World Languages Collection, please call 973-733-3637 or email

Questions regarding interlibrary loans? Please call the Interlibrary Services Department at 973-733-7768, or email



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