From Afrikaans to Vietnamese in Languages other than English

Highlighting the State Library of Queensland Languages Other than English (LOTE) collection is a great way to celebrate Queensland Multicultural Month in your library. There are more than 70,000 items in the LOTE collection in more than 50 languages. From Albanian to Urdu from Persian to Polish and from Samoan to Tongan you’ll find a great selection.

Librarian holding LOTE resources

Public Library staff selecting loans from the State Library LOTE collection

Why have Languages other than English?

In the 2016 Census, 528,752 or more than 11% of Queenslanders indicated that they spoke an overseas language other than English at home. Also, 75,532 Queenslanders (1.6 per cent of the state’s total population) do not speak English, or do not speak it well. Between 2011 and 2016, the Queensland population became more culturally diverse and as a result:

  • spoke more than 180 overseas languages,
  • held more than 110 religious beliefs
  • came from more than 220 countries.

Visit the Diversity figures snapshot to find out more.

Tradition Now Vietnamese community photograph

Tradition Now Vietnamese community photographs State Library image 30563-0001-0011

Library materials in LOTE meet multiple needs amongst relevant communities including:

  • supporting new migrants
  • allowing established migrants and their families to retain cultural ties
  • providing resources for students and temporary visitors.

What is in the collection?

Each language has adult fiction, non- fiction and junior. Some languages have large print, DVDs, music and audiobooks with some titles in parallel text. You can refer to the LOTE collection prefix chart to find what formats are available. There are many current titles with new material received regularly. Ask for your preferred language and format in your next loan.

How to access LOTE

LOTE is stored at the State Library facility at Cannon Hill in Brisbane. The LOTE collection is not open to the public although we invite library and IKC staff to visit to select their own resources. Alternatively, you can submit an online request form for each language required.


A great variety of formats in LOTE collection. Indicate your preference on the request to selectors.

We supply MARC records for all LOTE loans. Add these to your catalogue promptly when received to ensure your members know what’s available.


To help you promote the LOTE collection in your community and to help celebrate Queensland Multicultural Month print the LOTE poster and flyer each with an editable section for your Council name.

Help acknowledge and celebrate our diverse community by showcasing Languages other than English in your community. This Queensland Multicultural Month why not refresh your LOTE, order some new languages, hold a film night with a film in a language other than English or get together for some dancing with Greek, Italian or Turkish music? There’s so much to choose from! For information contact