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Wellington City Libraries

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Ngā rauemi Kīma mā ngā pakeke Khmer resources for adults

Wellington City Libraries has Books and Music CDs in Khmer, as well as many useful books for people learning English.

Learning English

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Focus on IELTS by Susan O'Connell.

In our collection we have:

  • Books, tapes, videos, CDs and CD-ROMs to help you learn English
  • Grammar, vocabulary books and dictionaries
  • The series of books Learning English at home, written in Khmer
  • Items to help you take IELTS and TOEFL tests
  • Books about living in New Zealand, including cooking, parenting and health
  • Stories to enjoy.

These items are available in the Adult Learning Collection, the main collection at 420.7 and 428.24, and the Central Sound & Vision Centre. There are Adult Learning collections at Central, Newtown, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), Johnsonville, Miramar and Karori Libraries.

All of these items are FREE to borrow and are issued for 3 weeks. You can borrow as many items as you like.

For more information, visit our English as a Second Language subject guide.


Selected Khmer language newspapers are accessible online for free using the 'free internet computers' at all libraries.

Books in Khmer

Books in Khmer are held on the First Floor of the Central Library, to the left of the stairs, near the Arts, Music & Literature Enquiries Desk. You may read these books in the Library, or borrow them for 3 weeks with your Library Card.

A small number of children's books in Khmer are held at Central and Branch Libraries.

DVDs and Music CDs

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Dengue Fever by Dengue Fever.

CDs and DVDs may be borrowed for 1 week with your Library Card. A borrowing fee is charged for Sound & Vision materials.

Music CDs are on the Ground Floor of Central Library, in the Sound & Vision Centre. Look for the World Music: Cambodia section.

Books in English

Most books can be borrowed for 3 weeks. Our books are organised by a numbering system and the same system is used at all branches. For example, The Road Code for car, motor cycle and truck driver's licenses is shelved at 343.0946 DON. There are copies at all Libraries and they can be borrowed for 1 week. If no copies are currently available, you can reserve one with your Library Card.

Here are some subjects you may find useful:

  • 428: learning English
  • 495.932: Khmer-English dictionaries
  • 640-649: home care, sewing for the home, children's & adults' clothing, cooking and parenting
  • 650s: information on working in New Zealand
  • 500s: science, astronomy, plants, trees and animals
  • 700s: art, calligraphy, music, movies & entertainment
  • 800s: literature, including poetry, plays, essays and letters
  • 900s: countries, travel and history, including Cambodian history (959.6), Cambodian travel (915.96) and New Zealand travel (919.31)

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Road of lost innocence :
the true story of a
Cambodian heroine
Somaly Mam.

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Angkor : celestial temples
of the Khmer empire

by Ian Mabbett.

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When elephants fight :
a memoir
by Vannary Imam.

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Hot, sour, salty, sweet:
a culinary journey
through Southeast Asia

by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid.

Please ask us if you need help finding anything you need.

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