Libraries acting up and providing direct information and public support to immigrants and refugees. These include best practices, how-to information, and examples of successful programming and outreach.

Libraries and Resources for Temporary Protected Status Holders

By Johana Orellana The Secretary of Homeland Security designates Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to countries based on conditions in that  country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.   TPS was established by Congress in the …

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Brooklyn Public Library Outreach Services Program – Immigrant Programs

Programs in multiple languages for immigrants include the Immigrant Justice Corps (free and low-cost legal services), cultural programs, citizenship preparation, job and career help, adult literacy classes, and English conversation groups. Serves the Brooklyn, New York area, but programs are free and open to the public. Branch hours and contact information available on the website. …

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Hartford Public Library Immigration & Citizenship Services

The American Place (TAP) is a free program of Hartford Public Library designed to welcome immigrants and ease their transition into their new home city. TAP promotes Hartford’s shared civic values and its vibrant cultural multiplicity. TAP offers legal advice and representation by BIA-accredited representatives, free English and citizenship classes, and volunteer cultural navigators in …

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Cambridge Public Library: Immigrant & Refugees Resources

A resource guide for refugees and immigrants created by Cambridge Public Library. Includes local and national resources in education, language learning, healthcare, and legal services.—refugees-resources.html

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Biblioteca Pública de Denver: Plazas: Servicios para inmigrants y refugiados

Site in Spanish describing the services offered by Denver Public Library’s “Plazas” program. Plazas offer immigrants from all over the world a place to reunite, meet other people, connect with information and resources, and get to know the Denver immigrant community.

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Biblioteca Salaborsa: Resources for the Newly Arrived in Bologna, Italy

Biblioteca Salaborsa, the town library, offers a number of services newly arrived immigrants or migrants in Bologna, Italy. This includes a multilingual staff, and library materials available in a number of languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Urdu, Bengali, and more. Visit their website for details on additional services, including assistance with obtaining an Italian driver’s …

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The Worcester Refugee Archive at Clark University

The Refugee Archive, located at the Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library at Clark University, is a repository for materials, knowledge, research, and resources related to Worcester’s refugee and forced migrant communities. It serves to collect published and unpublished materials on the history, resettlement, community health, livelihoods, and material culture–among other things–of individuals, groups, refugee community …

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Church World Service (CWS)

Church World Service is a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. Church World Service (CWS)

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