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Translation – Explanation and Caution

The electronic translation service on Surrey Libraries' website is hosted by Google Translate. The quality of the translation may vary in some of the languages offered by Google. The goal of the basic translation is to capture the general intention of the original English material.

Surrey Libraries cannot guarantee the quality, accuracy, or completeness of any translated information.  Before you act on translated information, we encourage you to confirm any facts that are important to you and the decisions you make.

The City of Surrey offers interpretation services at all its facilities. If you have a question about the material you read on the Surrey Libraries website, we encourage you to contact Surrey Libraries to discuss it.  You can also contact the City of Surrey at 604-591-4011 to receive interpretation support.

Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Tagalog, Hindi

Adult Literacy

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The ability to read and to understand information is more important now than ever. In British Columbia 40% of adults do not have the skills necessary to read a newspaper, fill out a work application form, read a map or understand a lease. If you or someone you know can't use printed information effectively, the library can help.

At the Library

The library has books, kits, DVD's and online resources for improving Reading, Writing, Math & Numeracy, Oral Communication, and more. Find more in the library catalogue or come to the library, where you will find many resources in our English Language Training section.

Learning Express is an online database with tutorials for math, reading and writing, as well as practice tests for professional exams.

Free Literacy Tutoring for Adults

Partners Adult Literacy Tutoring READ Surrey/White Rock Society provides free one-to-one tutoring for English-speaking adults who want to improve reading, writing or math skills. If you want to go back to school, get a better job, or even get a driver's license, we can help. Call 778-242-READ (7323), email or visit the website. Volunteer tutors also needed.

More Resources

Decoda Literacy Solutions Promoting learning and literacy in BC, with information on referral services, library and various online resources.

National Adult Literacy Database Canadian literacy information network, with links to literacy organizations and extensive resources.

Nightshift Street Ministries Care Bus provides services that include a mobile library.