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American Resource Center
American Resource Center collection room

American Resource Center collection room

General Information

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 10,000 volumes, subscriptions to 80 periodicals, 2 American newspapers, online databases and some 100 DVDs.

The ARC provides orientation programs for effective use of the materials and assists with inquiries about the U.S.

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.

Reference Services

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: +358-50-448 5704

Hours: Mon-Fri 9-20, Sat 10-16 (*Reference services: Mon-Fri 9-17)
Summer Hours June 1-August 25: Mon-Fri 10-18

*Exceptions to reference service hours may apply.

American Resource Center

  • American Resource Center in Kaisa House

    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.


ARC Newsletter

  • ARC publishes a monthly newsletter which includes information about our events and all things Americana. You can find the old issues under ARC publications. You can also subscribe to the newsletter by sending an e-mail at

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