Citizenship @ Your Library

USCIS Resources for Libraries
USCIS: Libraries
Through its partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, USCIS is providing libraries with information, educational materials, webinars, and training resources on immigration and citizenship.

USCIS Citizenship Corners
How to Set Up a Citizenship Corner at Your Library

Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Campaign
Posters, Widgets, Radio and Video PSAs, and more!

USCIS Multilingual Resources
USCIS Resources in languages other than English.

USCIS: Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants (updated 09/2015)
This comprehensive guide contains practical information to help you settle into everyday life in the United States. It also contains basic civics information that introduces you to the U.S. system of government. You can download free copies in 14 languages or purchase bulk copies from the

USCIS/ Serving New American Initiative
In 2013, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to help libraries provide accurate and useful information about immigration and citizenship benefits, promote an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensure the integrity of the immigration system. Must Read:  Talking Points: Libraries are Key to Success for New Americans

IMLS–USCIS Webinar on Task Force on New Americans October 27
IMLS and USCIS present another webinar in their series for public librarians on immigration and U.S. citizenship topics. The webinar will provide an overview about the White House Task Force on New Americans, an interagency effort to develop a federal strategy to better integrate immigrants into communities. During the presentation, representatives from the USCIS Office of Citizenship will cover the Task Force’s recent initiatives, with specific focus on the Building Welcoming Communities Campaign and the Citizenship Public Education and Awareness Campaign, and highlight ways that libraries can get involved.

Students talk about their experiences studying for their Citizenship interviews at the Santa Clara County Libraries.

Santa Clara County Library District

Santa Clara County Library Citizenship Resources
Prepare for U.S. citizenship with these helpful resources, including a guide to naturalization, detailed practice materials for the citizenship exam, and a list of web resources that can help you with the naturalization process.

Santa Clara Library Staff Picks Lists: TOPIC: Citizenship
SCCL Naturalization Resources at the SCCL Library
pptx: Citizenship Corner, ESL/Citizenship resources, childrens books

SCCL Citizenship Classes
All of the lessons and resources used in the SCCL Citizenship Classes
SCCL Citizenship @ Your Library
Playlist of mock interviews videos recorded at the Milpitas Library

More Library Citizenship Resources!

American Library Association: New Americans
Since January 2007, the American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, has funded 100 libraries in 28 states through American Dream grants. With these grants, the libraries expanded ESL collections, teach classes, host conversation clubs, train tutors, increase computer access, build community partnerships, and raise the library’s visibility.
**ALA: The American Dream Starts @ your library
**ALA/I Love Libraries: The American Dream Starts @ your Library
**video: ALA: American Dream Starts @ your library - Interview @ HPLD
**video: ALA: The American Dream Starts @ your library - Schaumburg Township District Library

Burton Barr Library Youth Naturalization Ceremony 2012
Phoenix area residents take the Oath of Allegiance and become U.S. citizens during a special ceremony at Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix. Members of the Library Teen Council facilitate the event.

Hartford Public Library: The American Place (TAP) 
HPL/TAP is a free program of Hartford Public Library designed to welcome immigrants and ease their transition into their new home city. TAP promotes Hartford’s shared civic values and its vibrant cultural multiplicity.  Check out HPL/TAP course: Citizenship on the Go.
**video: Naturalization Ceremonies @ Hartford Public Library
**video: Rabbit Ears Media: Library Citizenship Project 1
**video: Rabbit Ears Media: Library Citizenship Project 2
**video: Rabbit Ears Media: Library Citizenship Project 3

The Jones Library Study Guides for The Citizenship Test
The Jones Library E.S.L. Center is an award winning program providing volunteer tutors, tutoring space, study materials, computer-assisted instruction, citizenship classes, English classes and referrals to adult immigrants in the Amherst area. Check out their pdf/audio study guides.

The Kansas City Public Library: Naturalization Ceremony at Central Library
On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 about 110 applicants from 45 countries were sworn in as citizens of the United States.

Library Journal: Celebration and Integration | Public Services
By Jennifer Koerber
Since before Ellis Island became the gateway to the United States for many, libraries have served immigrant communities with language classes and learning materials that can help ease the path toward employment and citizenship. Today, those services have expanded to include referrals to city and health-care services, cultural events honoring countries of origin, legal aid, small business and entrepreneurship assistance, and much more.

Salt Lake City Public Library's President's Day Naturalization Ceremony
Salt Lake City welcomed 29 new citizens to the United States at the Downtown library, with remarks from President Obama and Mayor Biskupski.

San Francisco Public Libraries Citizenship Resources
Prepare for the USCIS naturalization interview with the helpful resources available in several languages at, including a guide to naturalization, detailed practice materials for the citizenship exam, and a list of local organizations that can help you with the naturalization process. Check out their SFPL multilingual citizenship videos.

San Jose Public Library Citizenship and Immigration Resources
SJPL offers citizenship classes in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.  Check out the SJPL Citizenship and Immigration Blog and their new video Citizenship Corners Launch.

Santa Clara City Library Citizenship
Citizenship resources at the Santa Clara Library pptx and pdf

Schaumburg Library Citizenship Oath Ceremony
See footage from a Citizenship Ceremony at the Schaumburg Library. Approximately 70 immigrants became new US citizens.

West Irving Library Citizenship Classes (video)
In a special class offered at the West Irving Library, some people are getting help in their quest to become U.S. citizens.

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