Your Pathway to Citizenship Starts at HCPL

Harris County Public Library has the services you need to prepare for the naturalization process:

  • Citizenship Classes covering everything you need to know to pass the naturalization exam
  • English Language Learning to sharpen your speaking, reading and writing skills
  • Job Search Programs and Career-Building Resources to give you economic stability.
  • Access to Services: Library staff can help you find and apply for the services you and your family need to thrive
  • Enhanced+ Library Cards: a library card that is also a verified photo ID
  • A Network of County and Community Partners to assist with the naturalization application and funding for the application fee


Citizenship and English Classes at HCPL

The first and most important step toward citizenship is preparing for the Naturalization Exam. HCPL offers free classes at many of our branches right now.

In the coming months, we will be hiring ten full-time instructors to offer more classes at our libraries and convenient locations across Harris County.

Citizenship and English Classes at HCPL

Why become a U.S. citizen?

U.S. Citizenship offers many benefits that are not available to non-citizens. Here are just a few reasons to consider becoming a U.S. citizen.

  • Get citizenship for your children
  • Vote in elections
  • Work in government jobs
  • Travel with a U.S. passport
  • Apply for federal scholarships & grants
  • Receive government benefits
  • Reunite your family
  • and many more

County and Community Partners are here to support you.

Over 300,000 Harris County legal permanent residents are eligible to become U.S. citizens. Harris County Public Library, working with the Harris County Community Services Department and other community partners is participating in a 3-year initiative spearheaded by the Houston Endowment that will assist eligible residents through the naturalization process with civic education classes, naturalization interview preparation, and connecting them with community partners who will help with the application process.

This investment is part of the Naturalize Now, Houston! initiative aimed at making the Houston metro area the Citizenship capital of the country. Learn more at, opens a new window!

Free Citizenship Help

Harris County and HCPL are working with these community partners to provide FREE naturalization services to eligible Harris County residents who wish to take the life-changing step of applying for U.S. citizenship.

These partners can help you with

  • the Naturalization Application
  • Citizenship education for the exam and interview
  • Legal Services
  • Funds to cover the naturalization application fee

To get started on the path to citizenship, click or call one of the trusted partners below, or call 1-833-468-4664

Citizenship Stories and Resources

HCPL to Expand Citizenship Programs

Jan 25, 2024
HCPL will join other county departments and community partners to help newcomers turn American dreams into American realities

HCPL Success Story: Dhajanna

Meet Dhajanna, a former student in HCPL Naturalization Classes and a new U.S. Citizen!

Alcanzando la ciudadanía

Entrevista con la ex estudiante de ciudadanía Dhajanna C. luego del éxito de su entrevista de naturalización.

Ben Franklin's Birthday

Ben Franklin, Founding Father, and question #68 in the USCIS Naturalization Interview. Here are some fun facts to ace that question!
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