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In September 2017 Victoria’s network of public libraries (not including the State Library of Victoria) compiled data on their collections of items in languages other than English (LOTE) as at 30 June 2017. Data was captured from all 47 PLVN members. In summary:

 

  • The statewide LOTE collection has 468,189 items in 77 different languages (vs 444,300 in 73 different languages in 2016).

  • LOTE collection items include

    • fiction and non-fiction items

    • collection items for adults, young adult and children

    • books, magazines and newspapers

    • ebooks and other digital items.

  • 32 public library services (approx. two-thirds) have LOTE collections.

  • 15 public library services (approx. one-third) have no LOTE collections.

  • The five library services with the largest LOTE collections are

    • Yarra Plenty – 52,011 items

    • Moreland – 48,799 items

    • Monash – 40,366 items

    • Brimbank – 34,609 items

    • Maribyrnong – 28,996 items.

  • Six other library services have more than 20,000 LOTE collection items.

  • The Top 5 languages have 345,461 total collection items (74% of the total LOTE collection)

    • Chinese – 167,458 items

    • Vietnamese –  61,010 items

    • Italian – 55,018 items

    • Greek – 36,156 items

    • Arabic – 22,819 items

  • Another 10 languages have a total of 90,740 collection items (19% of the total LOTE collection).

    • These include Spanish, Russian, Sinhalese, Turkish, Hindi, French, Polish, Japanese, Croatian and Serbian.

    • Each of these languages has more than 5,000 collection items.

    • In total, the top 15 languages comprise 93% of the LOTE collection.

       

PLVN gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of CAVAL who provided the funding to compile these listings.

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