Khmer Cataloging Project Begins @ LBPL


Long Beach Public Library is thrilled to announce the commencement of our Khmer Cataloging Project, made possible through a Pitch-An-Idea Grant funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the California State Library, in partnership with the United Cambodian Community of Long Beach (UCC).

Long Beach is home to approximately 20,000 Cambodians—the largest population of Cambodians outside of Cambodia—and with over 4,000 items in Khmer, Long Beach Public Library has the largest collection of materials in Khmer in a public library in the United States. Currently, patrons are only able to access these materials by visiting the library in person to browse the collection. Through the Khmer Cataloging Project, LBPL will make these materials discoverable through the Library’s online catalog—Khmer readers will be able to search the catalog using a Khmer keyboard to discover, request, place holds, and access books and other materials in Khmer.

LBPL's Khmer Collection is housed primarily at the Mark Twain Neighborhood Library in the heart of Cambodia Town and is available for checkout to all library cardholders in good standing.