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Wellington City Libraries

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Ngā rauemi mā ngā kaikōrero Pāniora Resources for Spanish speakers

Wellington City Libraries has Magazines, Books, DVDs and Music CDs in Spanish, as well as many useful resources for people learning English.


The Spanish magazine Americas is located on the First Floor of Central Library, to the left of the stairs, in the Arts, Music & Literature area. You may read magazines in the Library, or borrow lending copies for one week with your Library Card.

We do not hold any Spanish newspapers, but all libraries provide free Internet access to El Mundo and El Pais.

Books in Spanish

Books in Spanish are held on the First Floor of the Central Library, to the left of the stairs, near the Arts, Music & Literature Enquiries Desk. There is a large collection of non fiction and fiction from the Americas and Spain, and some Spanish poetry, drama and history. You may read these books in the Library, or borrow them for 3 weeks with your Library Card.

DVDs and Music CDs

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 section for CDs.

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Fijacion oral. Vol. 1
Best of Inti-Illimani
One man's tango
Juan-Jose Mosalini.
Our man in Havana
Perez Prado.

There are also a number of Spanish-language films on DVD. Go to the Movies: Foreign Language section.

The motorcycle diaries.
The official story.
The sea inside.

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
  • 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 pathfinder.

Books in English

Our fiction collection is shelved alphabetically by author surname. We have several Spanish novels translated into English.

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 3 weeks. 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
  • 463: Spanish-English dictionaries
  • 500s: science, the universe, plants and animals
  • 640-649: home care, sewing for the home, children's & adults' clothing, cooking and parenting
  • 650s: information on working in New Zealand
  • 700s: art, calligraphy, music, movies & entertainment
  • 800s: literature, including poetry, plays, essays and letters (French literature is in the 840s)
  • 900s: countries, travel and history, including South American history (980) and travel (918), Central American history (972) and travel (917.2), and New Zealand history (993.1) and travel (919.31).

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In a Mexican garden : courtyards, pools, and open-air living rooms photographs by Melba Levick ; text by Gina Hyams. Modern Latin America by Thomas E. Skidmore. A passion for tango : a thoughtful, provocative and useful guide to that universal language - Argentine tango by David Turner.

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This I believe : an A to Z of a writer's life Carlos Fuentes ; translated by Kristina Cordero. The wild shores of Patagonia : the Valdes Peninsula & Punta Tombo text and photographs by Jasmine Rossi ; foreword by William Conway. Nuevo Latino : recipes that celebrate the new Latin-American cuisine Douglas Rodriguez with John Harrisson ; photographs by Dennis Galante.

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

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