Newcomers & immigrants community hub

Resources for immigrants & newcomers

Library programs for immigrants and newcomers

NVCL offers many programs for immigrants and newcomers. You can practise English conversation in friendly small groups with an experienced facilitator. You can also learn about specific topics like Canadian cooking, or get employment mentoring or skills development. We can also help you prepare for the Canadian Citizenship test.  Check the calendar for upcoming dates.

ELL & ESL books

The library's catalogue includes a vast selection of English language learning (ELL) and English as a second language (ESL) resources. The ELL collection is on the third floor. Browse the catalogue.


NewToBC is a library settlement initiative that connects immigrants, newcomers and refugees with essential settlement information, public libraries and other service providers. Visit the NewToBC website.


The North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership (NSIIP) is a coalition of community agencies and institutions focused on improving the settlement outcomes of new immigrants. Visit the NSIIP website.

Read, watch, listen

Specially curated selections from our librarians

Regularly updated lists of books, magazines and movies organized by theme. These include physical items you can borrow from the library and digital items you can enjoy on your devices at home or on the go. Click on a book to learn more or choose your preferred format.

If you have a question, ask us or call 604-998-3450

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