Citizenship & Immigration
Library Resources for Obtaining US Citizenship
Deciding to become a citizen of the United States is one of the most important decisions in your life, demonstrating a real commitment to the US and loyalty to its Constitution. In return, you are rewarded with all the rights and privileges that are part of US citizenship. All LA County Library locations can assist with locating material on citizenship and immigration. We also offer many citizenship and immigration resources. Check out these informative videos to help you navigate this page and learn more about the citizenship resources available to you.
Citizenship in a Bag
This toolkit in a bag—which can be borrowed from your local library—contains a variety of educational materials for the naturalization exam, including flash cards and multimedia tools and a FREE citizenship folder you can take home that includes:
- Step-by-step instructions on the US naturalization process.
- Reference materials on the rights and responsibilities of US citizenship.
- Official citizenship forms, including the Application for Naturalization.
Borrow or place a hold on a Citizenship in a Bag toolkit
For citizenship-related questions, please call your nearest LA County Library location.
Share Your Immigration & Citizenship Stories
Los Angeles County is a region of immigrants, and each has a unique and wonderful story to tell. We want to hear yours! Do you remember the day you left? How did you feel when you first became a naturalized citizen? No matter your country of origin or current status, consider sharing your journey with us. Submit your stories in any form such as written narratives (Doc, PDF), images, audio, or video. Submissions will be reviewed and then posted on our BiblioBoard community collections so others can learn and grow from your experiences.
Rigo Reyes: My Journey to Citizenship
View now on YouTube
In celebration of Citizenship Day, join us for a conversation with Rigo Reyes, Executive Director of the Office of Immigrant Affairs, who will share the story of his personal path to citizenship as well as resources available to our immigrant community. For adults.
The U.S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787 by the Founding Fathers. Celebrate this important document and what it means to be a U.S. Citizen on Constitution Day and Citizenship Day with these books!
LA County Library has partnered with the LA County Office of Immigrant Affairs to create Path2Citizenship, a website that guides you through the process of obtaining US citizenship, and links to many helpful resources. Watch this video to guide you through all the great resources available on the Path2Citizenship web site.
Library Record Request Forms
English Record Request Form
Your library records might assist with proof of residency as required by DACA. You can request your library record at anytime
图书馆记录申请表 – 中文
Formulario de solicitud de registro de biblioteca
Su expediente de la biblioteca le podría asistir en comprobar su residencia para satisfacer el requisito de DACA. Favor de llenar este formulario y un representante de la biblioteca lo contactara brevemente.
Search the Library’s catalog for citizenship test materials, by language.
Search the library’s catalog for citizenship test materials in English.
Vea materiales de estudio en español para el examen de ciudadania, en el catálogo de la biblioteca.
Online Learning & Databases
These online Library classes and resources can help you with language learning, citizenship test preparation, and more, and are free with your library card.
Leamos offers a free, pre-ESL literacy course that teaches Spanish-speaking adults how to read and write in Spanish.
EBSCO Learning Express Test Prep provides practice tests and exam preparation for US citizenship, including a guide to getting your Green Card.
EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center provides access to legal reference books on a variety of subjects including how to become a US citizen.
Brainfuse features live tutors who are available to help with citizenship preparation. Help is available in English and Spanish.
Mango Languages offers online English language courses for speakers of 15 different languages. Learn on the go with the Mango Mobile app for iPhone and Android.
These local and national organizations offer additional services such as English as a Second Language (ESL), financial assistance, and legal aid. Clicking on any of these links will take you away from the Library’s website to another website with valuable information to help you.
Assembly Bill (AB) 60 Driver License Program
This Bill requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue a driver license to any California resident who is unable to submit satisfactory proof of legal presence in the US. Applicants must meet all other qualifications for licensure and must provide satisfactory proof of identity and residency.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ)
The nation’s largest Asian American legal and civic rights organization has continuously served the undocumented community with free education and legal services since 2012, especially those who speak little or no English. Provides free legal services to the undocumented immigrant community.
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc.
Assists newly-arrived immigrants in learning English, American social norms, obtaining education, and training for jobs that will provide, at least, a living wage. Offers a variety of legal services including, but not limited to: citizenship & naturalization services, family visa petitions, adjustment of status applications, consular visa processing, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applications.
Central American Resource Center (CARECEN)
A nonprofit organization that offers low-cost immigration legal services, community education programs, and advocacy and organizing to achieve fair and more inclusive immigration, education, and labor laws and policies in LA and the nation.
Easy-to-use online tools to help low and moderate-income individuals to prepare for the naturalization process and test.
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA)
Offers an Immigrant Assistance Hotline and immigration legal services at low-cost to its members. Its Seize the Dream program aims to assist eligible immigrant youth in applying for DACA. Its Legal Services Department has helped thousands of individuals to become citizens and reunite with their families.
LA County Office of Immigrant Affairs
A guide to immigration resources and immigrant rights. Users can access legal resources, learn how to file immigration fraud claims, and learn about their path to citizenship.
Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Immigration Legal Assistance Project
Provides low-cost legal assistance and counseling, including assistance with various immigration applications.
New Americans Campaign
A national network of legal-service providers, faith-based organizations, businesses, foundations and community leaders that is paving a better road to citizenship. Their Events Calendar summarizes citizenship events by location.
Eligible legal permanent residents (LPRs) in Los Angeles County can use this site to apply for citizenship, find trustworthy naturalization services, and locate citizenship workshops throughout Los Angeles County.
US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)
Official Green Card and Citizenship applications, study materials, and citizenship & immigration-related news.
Ya es Hora Citizenship Campaign
A historic non-partisan Latino civic participation campaign that links naturalization to voter participation and Census enumeration.