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Outreach Services

Resources for New Americans

The San Diego Public Library serves a very diverse population of adults and their children from countries and cultures outside the United States. This page was created in an effort to assist in understanding and accessing resources that can help them adjust to U.S. culture and achieve permanent citizenship.

Free Library Card

The San Diego Public Library offers free library cards to residents that may be used at any of the Library's locations. A library card may be used to borrow materials such as books and videos and the cards also gives access to the resources of the Library's online databases. There is no minimum age to get a card, but children under age 18 will need a parent's signature. The application is online in English or in Spanish. Just print out and complete the application, and bring it with one form of photo identification and address verification to any of the Library's locations.

International Language Collection

The Library's international language collection includes books, periodicals, audiocassettes, videocassettes, CDs, DVDs and CD-ROMs. Materials are offered in Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hmong, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

English Learning Materials

The Library has a collection of English as a Second Language (ESL) learning books, videocassettes, audiocassettes, CDs and DVDs. In the Library catalog, search the subject: English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers

The Library also carries the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) workbooks, videocassettes, audiocassettes, CDs and DVDs.

Citizenship Preparation

The Library has books, audiocassettes, videocassettes, DVDs, and CDs about immigration, citizenship, and citizenship test preparation that you may borrow. Search the Library Catalog for these subjects (or Ask the Library for help):


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