Government Documents


Citizenship Day and Constitution Day, Sept. 17th

Citizenship Day is celebrated on September 17th, the day the U.S. Constitution was signed in 1787.  Citizenship Day provides an opportunity to honor those people who have become U.S. citizens.  In addition, it is an important reminder of the rights and responsibilities associated with U.S. citizenship.

Citizenship Day has been celebrated in some form since 1940, when Congress designated the third Sunday in May as "I Am an American Day."  In 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill formalizing the celebration of Citizenship Day on September 17th.  The week beginning September 17th is also Constitution Week, when we reflect on the enduring importance of this great document.

To highlight these two events, the Government Documents Department has two displays showcasing relevant materials available in our collections.  The U.S. Constitution display is near the 2nd Floor South library entrance of Marx Library by the elevators, while the Citizenship display is available near the bridge from the south to north side of the library.  While you are there, take one of three practice naturalization quizzes and test your own civics knowledge.   The first 5 entries that are 100% correct will each receive a $10 gift card to Starbucks.


Hurricane Season is in full swing

The Government Documents Department is once again showing the hurricane season on its large Hurricane Tracking Map.   It includes the pathways of all of the named storms in the 2019 Hurricane Season, and is updated daily when new information becomes available.   You can also check-out some these additional resources:

National Hurricane Center from NOAA

Hurricane Safety Tips and Resources from the National Weather Service

Hurricane Preparedness Information from FEMA 

For additional information about hurricanes, especially those with historical significance to the Mobile area, check out our LibGuide -- Gov Docs: Hurricanes.