The Kittiwake Trust

Multilingual Library


our patron

After the library had been running a few months, we approached Professor David Crystal, author of over a hundred books on language, to ask if he would be our Patron.

He agreed enthusiastically.

He visited the library in April 2016 and gave a talk that is available here

We are indebted to Professor Crystal for his continuing support and advice.

His website is here

the kittiwake trust

The Multilingual Library is a project of the Kittiwake Trust,  registered charity 1165318.

You can find more information about the Trust and the Trustees here



our philosophy

There is no such thing as a foreign language, just languages you don't understand.

Words are vitally important.

We never say 'asylum seekers' -

If they need defining further than human beings or refugees we use

the term 'asylum applicants'.

Feel the difference.

Words like 'diversity' suggest the opposite.

We are all notes in a melody that resounds around the globe.

Opening and Closing Again

Unfortunately, we are all back in lockdown again so the library is closed, as is the whole of Eldon Garden shopping centre. We do not currently know when we will be able to open again but  we will announce changes here and on our Facebook page. 

While the library is closed we are working on the catalogue in order to get it in a format we can upload to this site so you will be able to see what we have.

Keep in touch with us via Facebook where we also post items of interest 

including news and activities in different languages.

Please stay home as much as you can. 

Wear a mask when you're away from home.

Keep your distance and STAY SAFE!


Black History Month




The latest newsletter is here




The Summer number is available here

Our Spring newsletter is available here