World Languages

Connect to the world around you with this collection of over 2,000 books and audiobooks in 37 different languages.

Arabic
Bengali
Chinese
Cree (American Native)
Czech
Farsi (Persian)
French
German
Greek
Gujarati
Hebrew
Hindi
Hmong
Indonesian
Inuktitut (Inuit dialect)
Irish
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Latin
Michif (Creole)
Nepali
Polish
Portuguese
Punjabi
Russian
Somali
Spanish
Swahili
Swedish
Tamil
Thai
Turkish
Urdu
Vietnamese
World (multiple languages)
Yiddish

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About the Gujarati Collection

Did you know that there is an active and vibrant population of over 800 families in the Central Ohio area who speak Gujarati as their native language? Donated from the personal collection of Ruma Shelat, nearly 100 books have been added to the world languages collection featuring fictional and classical works in the Gujarati language. Browse the collection.

With a tradition of informally passing books among members of the Gujarati-speaking community, this addition to the library's world languages collection will help increase exposure to the Gujarati language and expand access to Central Ohioans interested in learning more about the culture, customs and traditions of Gujarat.

Originating from the Indian state of Gujarat, there are over 50 million speakers of the Gujarat language in India (as of 2011). In 2008, Columbus became the first sister city for Ahmedabad in the Indian state of Gujarat through the Greater Columbus Sister Cities Program. For more information, visit Haalo Re Gujarat.

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