About Us - Partnerships

Serving New Americans

USCIS logoWe know that more than 55% of new Americans use the public library at least once a week. They find a trusted environment, resources and community connections that can ease the way to full participation in American society.  For many people, new to the U.S., libraries serve as a gateway to citizenship, English language learning, and civic engagement.  Libraries offer educational materials and training resources on immigration and citizenship. 

Museums also address the needs of new arrivals with cross cultural programming and inclusive community outreach.  Museum exhibitions and events help deepen understanding of diverse cultures and strengthen community connections.

On June 30, 2013, IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas 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.

For more information see the memorandum of understanding.

See resources for libraries on the USCIS website.


Other Resources

USCIS Customer Service Tools and Resources: An Overview for Libraries
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
IMLS and USCIS are partnering to ensure that librarians have the necessary tools and knowledge to refer their patrons to accurate and reliable sources of information on immigration-related topics. The webinar highlights the agency’s work with libraries, ways in which libraries can find immigration and citizenship information online, and practical activities libraries can implement to engage the immigrant community.  Read transcript (PDF, 87KB)  

Susan Hildreth and Alejandro Mayorkas signing the memorandum.

Partnership resources on the IMLS website:
Second Webinar in USCIS-IMLS Series for Public Librarians Scheduled for March 6

February 20, 2014 12:41 PM
IMLS and USCIS will present the second in the free webinar series on March 6. Read More

Webinar on Immigration Resources for Public Librarians Scheduled

January 16, 2014 10:58 AM
IMLS and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present the first in a series of free webinars for public libraries about immigration and U.S. citizenship topics on February 4. Read More

Webinar on Immigration Resources for Public Librarians Is Postponed

December 11, 2013 09:59 AM
Tomorrow’s Immigration and Naturalization 101 webinar will take place at a later date. Read More

Blog Post: IMLS and Partners Present Financial Education and Citizenship Webinars

IMLS is partnering with CFPB and USCIS to create new resources and tools for public libraries. Two webinars will be presented in December. Read More

Library and USCIS leaders signing a Memorandum of Understanding.
Blog Post: Libraries, USCIS Join Forces to Serve the Immigrant Community

July 3, 2013 03:45 PM
IMLS partners with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to provide public libraries with immigration and citizenship resources and training. Read More

Multimedia Story Project Gives Voice to Teens and Extends a Hand to Refugee Community

Supported by the IMLS Grants to States program, Salt Lake County Library Services partnered with nonprofit Spy Hop to teach a free six-week course called Speak Up!, to teach local refugee youth how to use digital media to tell their stories. Read More

cover of Talking Points: New Americans
Talking Points: Libraries are Key to Success for New Americans

Quick summary of the impact of library services for new Americans. Read More

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2013 Medal Winner: Marshalltown Public Library

July 16, 2013 12:00 AM
Marshalltown Public Library Director, Sarah Rosenblum,and community member Veronica Guevara traveled to Washington from Marshalltown, Iowa to receive the national medal and spoke to IMLS about how the library impacts the community. Read More

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2012 Medal Winner: Long Island Children's Museum

February 6, 2013 12:00 AM
The National Medal for Museum and Library Services is the nation’s highest honor for libraries and museums that are serving their communities in exceptional ways. Long Island Children’s Museum director Suzanne LeBlanc (the a is like “launch”) and community members Francisco and Ruth Quijada (sounds like key – ha – da) traveled to Washington from Garden City, NY to receive the national medal and spoke to IMLS about how the museum impacts the community. Read More

2011 Medal Winner: San José Public Library

April 16, 2012 12:00 AM
San José Public Library director Jane Light sits down with community member Vikram K. Kanth to discuss how he has been a has been a strong and effective advocate for the library. Read More