Publication Date

Spring 2010

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)


Library and Information Science


Daniel W. Fuller


Immigration Detention

Subject Areas

Library Science


The thesis explores the current state of library services in facilities in which U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) houses immigrant detainees, including (1) Bureau of Prison (BOP) facilities, (2) contracted detention facilities (CDF), (3) ICE-owned facilities (often called Service Processing Centers, or SPC's), and (4) Intergovernmental Service Agreements (IGSA) facilities. The study was based on a survey that was mailed to 356 facilities that detain immigrants by or on behalf of ICE. The results of the survey were used to determine the current status of library services in immigration detention facilities as well as to identify issues or problems in library services in immigration detention facilities and how they might be improved. The number of responses to the survey was limited, and future study is needed to obtain a better understanding of library services in immigration detention facilities.