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CivicCLP: Citizenship

This guide provides resources to learn more about civic and community engagement through the Library's programs, services and materials. CivicCLP's objective is to connect the community with resources and information that can lead to actionable steps, as

Citizenship Defined

This short video from Khan Academy provides the legal definition for the status of having citizenship, what it means to be a good citizen, and aspects of good citizenship.

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Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Whether you’re newly emigrated to Pittsburgh, or looking to communicate with ESL neighbors, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh can help!

Our World Language materials are available in digital and print formats. Check out the Language Learning Materials page for free courses in Mango and Udemy. Use PressReader to search periodicals in over 60 languages with your library card. Find foreign language eBooks, eAudiobooks and films through Hoopla.

The Catalog can be used to find printed materials in over 80 languages. Choose the language filter to browse the complete list.


JFCS Refugee & Immigrant Services

JFCS Refugee & Immigrant Services helps foreign-born individuals and families coming through the federal government’s resettlement program, find housing and employment, and help connect them to local services and benefits.

Literacy Pittsburgh: Citizenship Classes

Literacy Pittsburgh can help you understand the requirements to become a U.S. citizen. There are different ways to obtain citizenship but the most common path is having a green card for 5 or more years and being over 18.

Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition

The Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC) is a diverse coalition of over 60 member organizations and hundreds of individual supporters. Our membership includes community groups, social, health and legal service providers, advocacy organizations, labor unions, and faith communities.  PICC plays a unique role as the only organization in Pennsylvania that brings together organizations and individuals representing different ethnicities, immigration statuses, faiths, and other backgrounds, to work collectively on immigrant rights in Pennsylvania.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. We are 19,000 government employees and contractors working at more than 200 offices across the world. Visit this page to learn about the Naturalization Test and Study Resources.

Books on Citizenship

Become America

What does it mean to be an engaged American in today's divided political landscape, and how do we restore hope in our country? Eric Liu takes on these thorny questions and provides inspiration and solace in a time of anger, fear, and dismay over the state of the Union.

Reading and Writing for Civic Literacy

This authored textbook-reader addresses the need for students to develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills for self-defense in the contentious arena of American civic rhetoric. 

U. S. Citizenship for Dummies

From preparing for test day to understanding the interview process and learning about recent changes to immigration laws, this book demystifies the legal process of transforming a foreign national into a citizen of the U.S. 

Voices of Freedom

This book provides students with the language skills and civics knowledge needed for the citizenship test and naturalization interview. The fifth edition now includes an eBook and mobile app, and provides up-to-date information about the current administration, the new Juneteenth holiday, the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and other topics.