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What languages are available?
Adult fiction books are held at the four town centre libraries
and are refreshed on a regular basis. These books can be reserved
at any library in Medway, or by using the
- Chatham Community Hub holds books in
Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Russian,
Tamil and Urdu.
- Gillingham Library holds books in Bengali,
Chinese, Hindi, Polish, Punjabi, Russian
- Rochester Community Hub holds books
in Hindi, Punjabi
and Russian. Some smaller collections of easy to
read "quick read" titles are also available.
- Strood Library holds books in Hindi,
Punjabi, Russian and Urdu.
Dual language books
Most libraries hold children's books with dual languages. The
book will have the story in English and then one other language.
Please ask at your library for information about what languages
Dual language books are available through the bookstart
scheme. Details are available on Medway
Libraries' bookstart page.
Medway Libraries hold some books in dual languages for adults,
with the story in English and then one other language. The
languages available are Hindi, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish and
Urdu. For more information about the titles available, please see
the quick reads
Quick reads in languages other than English
These are held at Rochester Community Hub. Books are held
in Arabic, French, German and Spanish. Please contact
staff at Rochester library for more information.
Dual language dictionaries, dictionaries with English and one
other language, are available in most libraries.
The library holds newspapers in some libraries in Bengali,
Gujarati, Punjabi and Urdu. Access to online newspapers is
available through the library links. Please ask staff for
Would you like to practice your English conversation? A
conversation group meets up at Rochester community hub, every Wednesday
morning during the Medway Adult Education term times from 10am
until 11am and at Luton library every Tuesday afternoon during the
Medway Adult Education term times from 2pm until 3pm. To
check the dates please speak with a member of staff.
Free ESOL classes (English for speakers of other
Would you like to improve your English for life, work and study
in the UK? If you are not working, want to work and live in the UK
and receive a state benefit you may be eligible for free English
An ESOL class runs at Chatham Community Hub once a week. This is run
by Medway adult education, during the evening. For more
information contact 01634 338400 or email Ninu.email@example.com
Black History month
Every year Medway Libraries celebrate Black History Month
Local and community groups
- Medway Ethnic Minority Forum MEMF