UB Libraries Offer Leisure Reading Collections in Japanese, Chinese, Korean

Boon to international students and those who want to improve foreign language skills by reading popular books

Release Date: April 15, 2010

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Lockwood Memorial Library at the University at Buffalo now has international collections of popular fiction and non-fiction books in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese -- three languages spoken by large and growing segments of the UB community.

Judith Adams-Volpe, director of communication and development for the UB Libraries, says, "Each language set contains 25 carefully selected books, including bestsellers, selected classics and highly anticipated new releases that have wide appeal."

The collections, located in the entrance lobby of Lockwood Memorial Library on the UB North Campus, can be borrowed by students, faculty, staff and other members of the UB community.

"The Libraries have acquired these language collections to address a growing need for leisure/casual reading materials for UB's international population," Adams-Volpe says, "but they also are useful for those who want to augment their language skills by reading popular books."

She says the International Leisure Reading Collections are provided through the Online Computer Library Center, which offers books, DVDs and other material in 14 languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Panjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

"The sets arrive at UB 'shelf-ready,' " says Adams-Volpe, "and if the first three collections prove popular here, material from the other language sets will be considered."

For more information or queries about other international leisure reading language sets, contact Laura Taddeo, associate librarian, Arts and Sciences Library, at ltaddeo@buffalo.edu.

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