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Community Languages


Alameda County Library collects languages that support the community demographics. A Community Language Committee was formed to identify the needs of our communities, and sustain a balanced collection of international languages.

The library actively collects the following languages:

  • Chinese
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese


Selected new materials

  • Chinese DVDs
  • Hindi DVDs
  • Farsi DVDs
  • Tagalog DVDs

  • Chinese books
  • Hindi books
  • Korean books
  • Spanish books


How to find materials in languages other than English

From the Search Catalog page:

  • Click on Advanced search.
  • Choose a field - author, title, subject, or note -- by clicking on the arrow.
  • Type your search terms in the box.
  • Scroll down the page and limit to Language by clicking on the down arrow; choose the desired language.
  • Click on the submit button and the results will come up.


To see the entire list of DVDs -- Chinese, Hindi, etc.

  • Choose the call number search.
  • Type in the code of the language you want (see below).
  • To view Chinese DVDs, type in DVD Ch.
  • To limit to feature films, type in DVD Ch Fiction.
  • To limit to children's films, type in DVD Ch J.

To find Children's books

  • Choose the call number search.
  • Type in the code of the language you want followed by "J"
  • Example: Hin J Fiction will return Hindi juvenile books.
  • Example: Ch JPB will return Chinese juvenile picture books.
  • Example: SP JE will return Spanish Early Reader books.

Languages held by Alameda County Library:
The call number code always appears at the beginning of the call number.

Arabic A
Chinese Ch
English Eng
Farsi Fa
French Fr
Gujarati Gu
Hindi Hin
Japanese Ja
Korean Ko
Marathi Mar
Punjabi Pun
Russian Ru
Spanish Sp
Tamil Tam
Tagalog Tg
Urdu Ur
Vietnamese Vi


For further information, please contact Nirmala Guliani.