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Changes to the Countries Living Room

¡Hola! Bonjour! Nǐ hǎo! We are improving access to our collections by rearranging our Countries collection in the non-fiction area of the Central Library.

On Tuesday night, our Content team gathered the trolleys and set about their task - moving multiple books, magazines and DVDs around the Countries section of Central Library to improve visibility and access to one of our biggest collections.

Want to learn a new language or brush up on some key phrases before your next overseas trip?

Now, if you're learning a language you can find language guides at the beginning of the Global Countries sequence. Travel guides, writing and histories are also available. We've moved Countries magazines to the front of the living room, created a single 'returned today' area, and have the Countries DVDs at the end of the sequence with our gorgeous over-sized books. 

Please ask staff to show you around the new arrangement and let us know what you think

Speaking of learning a language, You can find out about countries and languages around the world with our digital collections. We've highlighted a selection below for you to dive right into. 

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Mango Languages

Learn a language, with more than 40 foreign language courses available (including English).

Mango utilises an engaging interface, and easy, intuitive interactive tools to deliver practical conversational skills and valuable cultural insight for new languages. Lessons include strategically placed memory-building exercises to help users remember what they are learning in addition to critical thinking exercises, which help them to intuitively understand the language and adapt it to similar conversations.

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Britannica Online/Britannica Student/Britannica Junior

This popular encyclopedia is available for library customers to use online.

Britannica provides timely, relevant and trustworthy information. Choose your level and get started.

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Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection

A great resource for curious travelers and serious researchers.

This special collection allows for focused study of all areas of the hospitality industry, including the cultural aspects of travel and leisure activities, the economic impact of tourism and more. It provides unparalleled coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field.

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World Book

A multi-faceted reference tool for children through to tertiary level research

World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related websites.

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This database provides instant access to 5000 plus newspapers and magazines, from 100 countries in 60 languages on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

This database provides instant access to 5000 plus newspapers and magazines, from 100 countries in 60 languages on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. As well as current issues, there is an archive dating back 90 days. New features offered with Press Reader are interactive tables of content, foreign language translation (in 17 different languages) social sharing and text-to-voice conversion.