Newcomer Services

Windsor Public Library offers materials in 20 languages, and many programs and services to help newcomers settle into our community.

Language Materials

Windsor Public Library has books for adults and children (including dual language books), magazines, music CDs and DVDs.  To find materials in your language, go to our catalogue and select Advanced Search. Choose your language in the “Language” field. Windsor Public Library provides materials in these languages:

  • Albanian – shqi
  • Arabic – العَرَبِيَّة‎
  • Bengali – বাংলা
  • Bosnian – Bosanski
  • Chinese – 汉语
  • Croatian – Hrvatski
  • German – Deutsch
  • Gujarati – ગુજરાતી
  • Hindi – मानक हिन्दी
  • Hungarian – Magyar
  • Italian – Italiano
  • Panjabi – ਪੰਜਾਬੀ
  • Persian/Farsi – فارسی
  • Polish – Polski
  • Romanian – limba română
  • Russian – Русский
  • Serbian – Српски
  • Somali
  • Spanish – Español
  • Tagalog
  • Urdu – اُردُو
  • Vietnamese – Tiêng Viêt

Electronic Materials

Windsor Public Library also offers many on-line materials in select languages. You will need a library card to use these materials.

Newspapers

PressReader daily newspapers from more than 120 countries in more than 60 languages.

Movies, TV Shows, and Music

Kanopy movies and documentaries, with an option to browse by language

Hoopla movies, TV shows, audiobooks and more

Freegal a large catalogue of music from around the world

ESL (English As a Second Language)

Learn English as a Second Language (ESL) with materials like dictionaries, CDs, DVDs, language learning guides and test preparation books.

Books on CELPIP, TOEFL iBT, IELTS, and TOEIC and more can be found in the WPL catalogue.

Practice tests for TOEFL and TOEIC can be found through the Learning Express Library.

IELTS practice tests are available through Road to IELTS.

You will need a library card to use these resources.

Language Testing Information

CELPIP – The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) is an English language proficiency test accepted by a number of governments, professional organizations, universities, colleges, and employers as proof of English language proficiency.

IELTS – The International English language testing system (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. IELTS assesses reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and at play, in your new life abroad.

TOEFL iBT – The TOEFL iBT® test measures your ability to use and understand English at the university level

TOEIC – The TOEIC Listening and Reading test is a fair and valid assessment of English-language listening and reading skills for the workplace

Citizenship Resources

In addition to Discover Canada, the study guide used in preparation for the citizenship test, Windsor Public Library also offers practice exams for those taking the citizenship test.
You will need a library card to access these resources.

Library Settlement Partnership (LSP)

Windsor Public Library and New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence have formed a partnership that supports the settlement of newcomers to Canada. LSP workers have set hours at certain WPL locations. Find more information on the LSP program and contact information

Other Resources for Newcomers in Windsor-Essex Country

Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County – offers translation and interpretation services, cultural diversity training, settlement services, and other services for refugees and sponsors.

New Canadians Centre of Excellence – a community based, direct-service agency that assists, supports and promotes the full and equitable participation of immigrants and refugees in all aspects of social, cultural and economic life in the Windsor-Essex Region.

South Essex Community Council – provides assistance with applications and forms, appropriate information and referrals, interpretation and translation, and more

Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor – provides orientation workshops, English classes, computer and skill training and more

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training – provides support to women in Windsor-Essex County through acquiring employment, training and skill development plus aiding newcomers and immigrants with their settlement into our community.

Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women – assists immigrant and refugee women and their families to become full and participating members of Canadian Society.

YMCA of South Western Ontario – if you are new to Canada, YMCA has programs to help you transition into your new community

 

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