At the Library

Newcomer Programs & Events

Find programs and events for newcomers at the library.

ESL Books & DVDs

Books and DVDs for English language learners.

Online Practice: Citizenship Test

Prepare for the Canadian citizenship test with RPL’s Online Practice Citizenship Test.

Job Search Guides

Full collection of RPL’s job search guides.

Online Practice: BC Driving Test

This RPL practice test helps you prepare for the BC Learners license application’s written test.

中文目錄 Chinese Catalogue


Inter-Faith Prayer and Meditation Space

A quiet area for prayer and reflection in the library.

Multilingual Collection

Books and DVDs in 11 languages including French, Spanish, Russian, Tagalog and others.

Local Resources

City of Richmond

Free Resources for new arrivals to Richmond.

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Offer programs and community connections for newcomer families in Richmond

Metro Vancouver

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives

50 years of connecting people and services.

Richmond Community Services Directory

Richmond Family Place

Committed to removing barriers for families accessing early childhood development programs. Host an early years refugee program

Richmond Food Bank

Richmond Multicultural Community Services: Getting Started

Richmond Newcomer Information

Richmond Newcomer’s Guide

This guide has information to help newcomers learn more about their new community and the services available to help them settle into life in Richmond.

School District 38

Touchstone Family Association

Provide support and outreach to newcomers through parenting and family programs

Provincial Resources

Back in Motion

Offer specialized employment services to help newcomers reach their full employment potential

BC Housing

BC Housing works in partnership to develop a range of housing options.

BC Newcomer’s Guide

The British Columbia Newcomers’ Guide to Resources and Services has information to help you in your first few months living here.

Chimo Community Services

Offers free counselling and support groups for adults, youth, children and families.

Immigrant Services Society of BC

ISSofBC provides free immigrant services including settlement support, employment programs, English classes, and more.


A variety of settlement services to support permanent residents, international students, migrant workers, and refugees


NewToBC helps to connect newcomers with services in their community


Programs and services for individuals and families who are preparing for Canada, temporary residents, permanent residents, or who are already Canadian citizens.


WorkBC helps people find jobs and explore career options.

Newcomers' Stories

Ghost Forest

Fung, Pik-Shuen

How to Pronounce Knife

Thammavongsa, Souvankham

Translated From the Gibberish

Irani, Anosh


Thúy, Kim

Immigrant City

Bezmozgis, David

Toward the North

Newcomers' ESL Resources

English Made Easy

Crichton, Jonathan

Easy English Step-by-step for ESL Learners

Pelletier, Danielle

Barron's IELTS Essential Words

Lougheed, Lin

Listening for IELTS

Aish, Fiona

Intermediate English Grammar for ESL Learners

Torres-Gouzerh, Robin

Basic English

Lachance, Julie