Spanish for Library Staff


Welcome to “Spanish for Library Staff” presented by the WPL Staff Committee. Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 – October 15. Each week a new topic will be sent out so staff can read. We hope this will help you build confidence in communicating with Spanish-speaking patrons at the library. Included topics will be:

  • Basic Vocabulary
  • Location and Directional words
  • Days and Number
  • Courtesy Phrases
  • Communication Phrases
  • Circulation Phrases
  • Computer Terms and Phrases
  • Frequently Asked Questions

In each section, you will read phrases in “English” followed by their “Spanish” translation.

Part 1

In this section, you will practice basic vocabulary.

address domicillo
adult adulto
amount cantidad
bathroom baño
book drop depositario de libros
bookshelf el estante de libros
borrow tomar prestado
card catalog el catálogo
cents centavos
change cambio
Children’s room la sala de niños
circulation desk el escritorio de préstamo
classification number el número de clasificación
collection colección

Part 1a