Library Closed Monday, May 29
All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.
Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog – May 28 and May 29
The Library will be performing maintenance on our catalog starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28 - 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 29. During this time, you will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but will not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal), SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.
The Library has online resources:
- In English and many other languages to help you study for your citizenship test
- For learning and improving English
You can use these resources from your home or a Library computer but you may need a Library card and PIN to use some of these resources.
Free online service that helps you apply for citizenship, step-by-step. Find out about potential problems with your application and connect to the expert help you need, either online or in person. Find out what documents you need to submit, and what to expect after you apply.
NW Immigrant Rights Project
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.
USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Service)
USCIS is the federal agency that administers citizenship and immigration services for the United States. Here are some links to useful areas of their website:
N-400 Application for Naturalization - Information about applying for U.S. citizenship.
InfoPass - Schedule an appointment with a U.S. Immigration Information Officer.
The USCIS Naturalization Interview and Test Video - 16-minute video that provides an overview of the naturalization process and testing requirements.
USCIS Welcome to the United States - The guide contains practical information to help new immigrants settle into everyday life in the United States, including how to find a place to live, how to get a Social Security number and how the U.S. system of government works. Available languages: Arabic Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), English, French, Haitian, Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, Vietnamese.
Washington Law Help
General legal information and resources about citizenship and naturalization in the U.S., naturalization forms, instructions, and help. Various resources available in 27 languages.
Online learning with test preparation guides for the ASVAB, GED, GRE, SAT, TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship. Learn software, skills for career advancement, and more.
Online language learning for 72 world languages plus English (ESL) instruction in 21 languages.
Rosetta Stone - English Only
Practice your English reading, listening and writing skills using the "Rosetta Stone" computer software program. For more information, call 206-684-0849 or visit the Central Library to make an appointment.
Transparent Language Online
Online language learning with speech, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary for over 80 languages. Includes English as a Second Language.
Centro de Ayuda Solidaria a los Amigos (CASA) is a community-based organization located in Seattle, that empowers Latino immigrants through educational and employment opportunities.
Chinese Information and Service Center
A nonprofit social services agency. Staff members speak Vietnamese, Malay, English and eight dialects of Chinese. Provides cultural orientation, job training, senior day care, English instruction, youth activities and other valuable services.
Provides ESL, citizenship, and job skills classes to Vietnamese immigrants (all are welcome).
Horn of Africa Services
Provides citizenship and job skills classes for immigrants from Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, and neighboring countries.
King County Adult Literacy Consortium
A group of community and technical colleges, community based organizations, and libraries in King County that help adults gain the skills they need to support their families and earn livable wages.
Provides learner-centered instruction to adults in English literacy, citizenship, and basic life skills. Literacy Source is based in Fremont but offers programs in southwest Seattle, Tukwila, and SeaTac.
Refugee Women’s Alliance
An award-winning, nationally recognized nonprofit that provides holistic services to help refugee and immigrant women and families thrive.
Seattle Central College, North Seattle College, South Seattle College, and Seattle Vocational Institute offer Adult Basic Education, ESL, and pre-college level classes.
Offers work readiness classes, workshops, and labs focused on helping adults develop and refresh their skills on a number of subjects that are highly valued in today's workplace. Subjects include English for Speakers of other Languages (ESL), math, computer skills, and more.
St. James Immigrant Assistance
Provides free English instruction and citizenship assistance to low-income adult refugees and immigrants in Seattle and King County.