Spanish and Foreign
Language Resources at Your Library
By Rhonda B. Sewell, Library Media Relations Coordinator
The Toledo-Lucas County
Public Library has great databases and other resources
written or produced in multiple languages, including Spanish.
Databases such as National
Geographic Virtual Library Series, Work Book Encyclopedia, World
Book for Students, and more are FREE and available at
Interface for both Encore
and Classic catalogs can be switched to Spanish.
Check out these offerings below:
EBSCOhost Master File:
Searchable, multi-database of popular newspaper and magazine
articles. (Interface in Spanish, article in English)
National Geographic Virtual Library Series: Every page, photograph, and article
plus full text books, videos, maps and atlases. (Interface in
Spanish, article in English)
World Book Encyclopedia and World Book for Students: Online version of
the popular encyclopedia is great for general information and
school projects. (Fully translated)
Selected books written or spoken in Spanish for children.
Books written or spoken in French, Spanish, Chinese or Russian
for children. The interface of Tumblebooks can also be switched
from English to Spanish or French.
Study for GED, U.S. Citizens Test and the Green Card test in
The interface of some databases such as EBSCO, GALE, Consumer
Reports may be changed to a variety of different languages. In
addition, Gale databases have a listen feature.
Physical items (books and media to check out):
- fiction and nonfiction in a variety of languages
Movies and Music
- entertainment DVDs and music CDs in a variety of languages
Books on CD
- fiction and nonfiction spoken in foreign languages
eResources (eBooks and media to use on a portable device):
Overdrive-fiction and nonfiction eBooks written in foreign
languages. Overdrive interface can also be switched to
Overdrive-fiction and nonfiction eAudio spoken in foreign
hoopla - streaming video spoken in foreign languages
hoopla - streaming music in foreign languages (primarily
Zinio - downloadable Spanish language magazines.
Resources for foreign speakers (ESL materials-English as a
*Physical Items (books and media to checkout)
– ESL help in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and other languages.
Books on CD
- ESL help in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and other languages.
*eResources (eBooks and media to use on a device):
- eBooks and eAudio teach ESL.