Immigration and Citizenship

Library citizenship corners

The Citizenship Corners of the Memphis Public Libraries provide accurate, free information from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of the United States Government. The information includes training material, test information, civic lessons and all necessary steps in the naturalization and immigration process. Below are the branches of the Memphis Public Libraries that currently have Citizenship Corners. To find out hours, address, and contact information please click on the respective branch name.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Online

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Online Resources

community resources

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddles masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Emma Lazarus (U.S. poet, 1849-1887)

The poem was inscribed on a bronze plaque in 1903 and placed in the pedestal of the Statute of Liberty. Learn more about the poem and its connection to the Statue of Liberty at See our catalog to find more about Emma Lazarus and her works.