More people throughout British Columbia will benefit from increased access to French public library e-books and audiobooks, helping meet the growing demand for French-language materials.

A $21,500 grant from the Government of B.C. Francophone Affairs Program, via the Canada – British Columbia Agreement on French-language Services, will provide access to these French materials through 61 of the province’s small- and medium-sized public libraries, significantly increasing the French content available.

“I am always looking for ways of making French Language resources more available and more accessible to our citizens,” said Adrian Dix, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs. “Public libraries are a perfect way to reach communities and especially benefit young people.”

“There is an increased demand for services in French and we’re working hard to ensure people have access to the resources they need,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “Our public libraries continue to play a critical role in offering a diverse range of cultural resources in both of Canada’s official languages.”

“The BC Libraries Cooperative is happy to have this support from the provincial government to help get more French language e-content into libraries across B.C.,” said Kevin Millsip, managing director, BC Libraries Cooperative. “The co-op was created to help enhance access to resources and to bring libraries together. This project helps us to do just that, and we’re excited to begin work.”

The French e-books and audiobooks will be available through Library2go, a shared e-book and audiobook collection. It provides free access to more than 70,000 digital items for approximately one million people throughout B.C