Multicultural Library and Seniors’ Community Hub

The Library is an innovative and exciting project at our Belmont office and is the first of its kind in Perth. It has a focus on providing a safe and supportive space for seniors, including seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse, gender and sexuality diverse backgrounds and their carers to enjoy more than 3000 books in over 30 different languages and to access information about the aged care system in their own language.  This project would not have been possible without the support of the City of Belmont.

Opening Hours

The Library is located at Umbrella’s Belmont office, 39 Abernethy Road, Belmont.

Monday: 9.30 AM – 12.30 PM
Tuesday: Every first Tuesday of the month from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Thursday: 9.30 AM – 12.30 PM

The library is run by experienced librarians and volunteers.

Available Languages

Currently, the library has books and media in English, Polish, Spanish, Italian, Czech, German, Dutch, French, Slovak, Hungarian, Danish, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Tamil, Vietnamese, Serbian, Hindi, Serbian, Macedonian, Swedish, Portuguese, Croatian, Indonesian, Russian, Maltese, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Malay languages and the collection is still growing.

Membership

All Umbrella clients, staff, volunteers and Board members are eligible to use the library and to borrow books.

Seniors 65 years and over living in the City of Belmont (who are not Umbrella clients) may also join the library and borrow books. To join they need to:

● Complete a Library Registration form.
● Pay a $5 membership fee.
● Show their drivers’ license or other authorized document as a form of ID.

Seniors living outside the City of Belmont may also use the library during opening hours but do not have borrowing rights.

Each library user will be issued with their own library card, however, all library cards will be kept in the library.

History

3000 books in 30 different languages