About the Library
The library was created in 1987 as part of the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) History Office. Its collection focuses on agency history and the implementation of federal government immigration policy. For more about our collection, please visit our Historical Library page.
About Our Services
The USCIS History Office and Library program preserves and promotes understanding of the history of USCIS and its predecessor agencies and programs.
- Historical Reference Office staff research, write, and distribute histories, and provide authoritative historical information to USCIS, other government agencies, and public researchers.
- The History Reference Library acquires, organizes, and provides access to library resources supporting the history of USCIS, its predecessor agencies, and US Immigration and Nationality law; and provides professional library services to both government and public researchers.
Services for the Public
The History Office and Library offers a variety of services to public researchers.
- The library is open to the public by appointment only. No materials are lent to public patrons, but a copy machine is available.
- Historical Reference Library staff can answer researcher questions by letter, telephone, or email.
- Images from the History Office and Library photo collection are made available to authors and publishers.
- Historians will consult with researchers regarding research problems, records availability, and access procedures.
Services for DHS and other Government Agencies
As a DHS and federal library, the Historical Reference Library is available to DHS and other federal staff who need information to perform their official duties. Among the services offered by the History Office and Library are:
- Reference assistance to identify and locate materials. Reference questions can be submitted via the DHS “Ask a Librarian” service or directly by calling the library.
- Research help to duplicate, mail, or fax information to federal requesters.
- Inter-Library Loan to share library materials via another DHS library.
- Library access and limited borrowing privileges.
E-mail a Librarian
For help with research questions, e-mail our reference library staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The USCIS History Office and Library is located in Camp Springs, MD outside Washington, DC, approximately two blocks from the Branch Avenue Metro Station.
Hours of Operation
The History Office and Library is open to visitors by appointment. Please e-mail our staff to learn more: email@example.com.
We welcome individuals with disabilities and to ensure that they have access to the USCIS History Library and its services, please see the contact information in our Hours of Operation section to make disability accommodation requests known before scheduling a visit. Wheelchair users, please contact us in advance of your visit.