New to Canada

The Library offers free resources, services, and programs for newcomers to Canada.

Your library card opens the door to a world of information, imagination, and entertainment. You can use your card to borrow, download, or stream a wide variety of items, including books, movies, music, magazines, newspapers, iPad mini, Chromebooks and MacBooks (in-library use only), and so much more. Always bring your library card with you when you come to the library.

Collections & Resources

Books, DVDs & Newspapers in Other Languages

  • Borrow books in Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Polish, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.
  • Borrow DVDs in Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Punjabi, and Spanish.
  • Read daily newspapers from around the world using PressReader, an online resource.
  • TumbleBook Library for Kids: Children can follow along as their favourite books come to life with graphics and sound in English, Spanish, and French.
  • Community and government information: Call or visit the library, or search the Halton Community Services Directory.
  • Find brochures and pamphlets about government programs and services at all our locations.

Services & Events

  • Settlement Worker at the Library: Meet with a Settlement Worker from the Halton Multicultural Council at Central Library and at Tansley Woods Branch to find out about services for newcomers.
  • Information Burlington: provides free, personalized confidential information & referral to the wide range of human and community services including arts and culture; crisis and support services; government services; health care; housing; income support and employment programs; and recreation programs for seniors, adults, youth, and children. Pamphlets from many community and government services are available at Central Library.

Attend Library Programs for Recreation and Information

  • We offer many interesting programs and special events for people of all ages. Most programs are free and some may charge a small fee.
  • Canadian Citizenship Test–Get Ready: A free class to prepare for the Canadian citizenship test, run by the Halton Multicultural Council.

Enjoy the Library with Your Children

  • Use your library card to borrow books and book kits to help your children read and do homework.
  • Borrow DVDs and music CDs.
  • Visit the Discovery Centre at Central Library where young children can play and learn.
  • Attend children's programs and special events throughout the year.
  • Join a summer reading program every summer, where kids can read books, earn prizes.
  • Come to free storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers
  • Online resources: We have selected databases just for kids. These are a great help with homework and school projects. These include Tumble Books where you can listen to books with your children. Primarily in English, there is a very small collection in French and Spanish.
  • Visit our Kids website for more information.

How to get your library card

Programs for newcomers to Canada

Official Study Guide : Discover Canada: The rights and responsibilities of citizenship

Information Burlington

Halton Community Services Directory