Earlier this month, the Mississauga Library System received a $5,000 contribution from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland. The contribution will be used to purchase eBooks in Polish for Overdrive – the Library’s eBook service.
“We are very grateful to the Consulate General of Poland for this contribution and excited to enhance our Library collection,” said Rose Vespa, Director, Library Services. “The eBooks will benefit the city’s Polish-speaking community and those interested in learning the language. They’ll be the first multilingual books available through the service which complements the popular Polish print collection available at our libraries.”
Library staff will purchase a variety of fiction and non-fiction Polish bestsellers for children and adults. The use of this collection and all library services will be promoted through the Consulate’s participation in the international languages program at the Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board.
Vespa mentioned, “As a pilot, staff will monitor the demand and usage of the multilingual eBooks. Their circulation will be tracked and used to develop a Multilingual eServices Strategy – which will drive the expansion of this pilot to other languages in 2019.”
The Mississauga Library System is one of the largest public library systems in Canada with more than 492,000 registered users. Since 2016, more than 977,919 eBooks and eAudiobooks have been downloaded. The Library collection consists of more than one million items across 18 branches conveniently located throughout Mississauga.