Spanish and Foreign Language Resources at Your Library
By Rhonda B. Sewell, Library Media Relations Coordinator
The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has great databases and other resources written or produced in multiple languages, including Spanish.
Databases such as National Geographic Virtual Library Series, Work Book Encyclopedia, World Book for Students, and more are FREE and available at toledolibrary.org.
Interface for both Encore and Classic catalogs can be switched to Spanish.
Check out these offerings below:
· EBSCOhost Master File: Searchable, multi-database of popular newspaper and magazine articles. (Interface in Spanish, article in English)
· National Geographic Virtual Library Series: Every page, photograph, and article plus full text books, videos, maps and atlases. (Interface in Spanish, article in English)
· World Book Encyclopedia and World Book for Students: Online version of the popular encyclopedia is great for general information and school projects. (Fully translated)
· Bookflix: Selected books written or spoken in Spanish for children.
· Tumblebooks: Books written or spoken in French, Spanish, Chinese or Russian for children. The interface of Tumblebooks can also be switched from English to Spanish or French.
· LearningExpress Library: Study for GED, U.S. Citizens Test and the Green Card test in Spanish.
The interface of some databases such as EBSCO, GALE, Consumer Reports may be changed to a variety of different languages. In addition, Gale databases have a listen feature.
Physical items (books and media to check out):
- Books - fiction and nonfiction in a variety of languages
- Movies and Music - entertainment DVDs and music CDs in a variety of languages
- Books on CD - fiction and nonfiction spoken in foreign languages (primarily Spanish).
eResources (eBooks and media to use on a portable device):
- Overdrive-fiction and nonfiction eBooks written in foreign languages. Overdrive interface can also be switched to Spanish.
- Overdrive-fiction and nonfiction eAudio spoken in foreign languages.
- hoopla - streaming video spoken in foreign languages (primarily Spanish).
- hoopla - streaming music in foreign languages (primarily Spanish).
- Zinio - downloadable Spanish language magazines.
Resources for foreign speakers (ESL materials-English as a Second Language):
*Physical Items (books and media to checkout)
- Books – ESL help in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and other languages.
- Books on CD - ESL help in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and other languages.
*eResources (eBooks and media to use on a device):
- Overdrive - eBooks and eAudio teach ESL.