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:
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

 
IMLS Director Susan Hildreth addresses the new citizens.
Blog Post: Library of Congress Naturalization Ceremony and New Partnership with USCIS

April 16, 2013 01:02 PM
At a Library of Congress Naturalization Ceremony, IMLS and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a partnership to encourage collaboration between citizen and immigration services and public libraries. Read More