American Resource Center
The American Resource Center seeks to further the understanding of America and its institutions. It specializes in providing the latest and most accurate information about the U.S. government and its policies, American values, history, culture and character.
The collection is strong in social sciences, government and politics, economics and international relations, American history and literature, and U.S. management practices. The holdings comprise more than 12,000 volumes, subscriptions to 75 periodicals, 2 American newspapers, online databases and some 200 DVDs.
The ARC provides orientation programs for effective use of the materials and assists with inquiries about the U.S. In addition to the assistance offered by reference staff, ARC customers have access to one computer for Internet access and 15 research carrels in the reading room.
The ARC collection may be accessed through the HELKA-online catalog. Lending services are available according to the regulations of the Helsinki University Library. Further information tel. (09) 191 23920.
The American Resource Center is managed jointly by the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Helsinki and the University of Helsinki.
ARC staff will provide reference service to all customers using a wide range of resources. The reference collection is most effectively used in person, however, ARC staff will answer queries submitted by telephone, fax or email.
Contact Information/Hours of Operation
American Resource Center at the Kaisa House
P.O.Box 53 (Fabianinkatu 30)
00014 University of Helsinki
Telephone: +358-9-191 24048
Hours: Mon-Fri 9-20, Sat 9-16 (*Reference services: Mon-Fri 10-17)
Summer Hours June 1-August 25: Mon-Fri 10-18
*Exceptions to reference service hours may apply.
American Resource Center will move
The American Resource Center (ARC), managed in a partnership between the Public Affairs Office of the U.S.
Embassy in Helsinki and the University of Helsinki, is an extensive resource for current, in-depth
information focusing primarily on political, economic and social issues
and on American culture.
All downloadable documents on this page are provided in PDF format. To view PDFs you must have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader. You may download a free version by clicking the link above.