Library Offers New Way to Access Materials in Five Languages

"New Americans" Webpages Help Connect to the ESOL Community

CINCINNATI — There's now an easier way to access library materials and resources in five languages. The Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library's New Americans webpages are a brand-new hub for multilingual books and library materials, events, services, and videos. offers the following library resources in Arabic, Chinese, French, Nepali, and Spanish: 

  • Browsable lists of books, audiobooks, movies, music, and other library materials 
  • A calendar of the Library’s free upcoming English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes 
  • Library card applications 
  • Resources to find a job, switch careers, voting information, and Homework Help for students in grades K8 

“Ensuring equitable access and visibility of resources is crucial to creating a sense of belonging for newcomers, particularly immigrants and refugees, to the Cincinnati region,” said Bryan Wright, Executive Director of Cincinnati Compass, who partnered with the Library to develop the New Americans pages. “The Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library leads the way by taking steps to establish multilingual access points for immigrants, refugees, and internationals with the Library’s New Americans pages.”  

The Library’s youngest readers can find new ways to read across languages. Virtual storytimes are available on the New Americans webpages in Arabic, Spanish, and French, so families can read together either at home or on the go.  

"The New Americans webpages are another way the Library is meeting the diverse needs of our more than 450,000 active cardholders,” said David Siders, Civic Engagement Coordinator at CHPL, “We want to welcome all community members to the Library to make new discoveries and memories, no matter the language.” 

New Americans are an important part of United States society, with] approximately 13.7% of the population - or 44 million people - being born in another country, according to the Pew Research Center's 2020 "Facts on U.S. immigrants" report. 

Visit the New Americans pages for images of library materials in multiple languages and translated library card applications. Photo credit is not required.