American Resource Center

ARC reading area (© State Dept.)

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.

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, and some 100 DVDs. See details below.

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. 02941 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.

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

Please do not contact the American Resource Center regarding consular affairs, passports, visas, or legal affairs. Please contact the Consulate regarding these questions.

Hours: *Reference services: Mon-Fri 9-17
Please check the opening hours for the Kaisa Library.

*Exceptions to reference service hours may apply.

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 or email.

The American Resource Center subscribes to the following periodicals and newspapers in 2019. Backfiles are kept for 2 years and the current year for most titles. Newspapers are kept only for 3 months.

Periodicals and newspapers in alphabetical order:



















  • Time (domestic edition)




The American Resource Center has a collection of some 100 DVDs featuring American society and culture. This catalog is an annotated listing of our holdings, arranged by the subject area.

All films are in PAL format and they are available for home and educational use free of charge. The loan period is 2 weeks.

If you have questions about the programs, please contact the American Resource Center.

ARC Monthly Newsletters

ARC Columns at SAM Magazine, published by Suomi-Amerikka Yhdistysten Liitto (in Finnish)

ARC Article at Tieteessä tapahtuu, published by Tieteellisten seurain valtuuskunta (in Finnish only)

ARC Article at Kajo´ magazine, published by Suomen intiaaniyhdistys ry (in Finnish only)

ARC Publications

Online Resources (compiled by the ARC)

  • Tracing People in the U.S. (02/2017), (PDF 55 KB)
  • Sketchbook USA: Yhdysvallat tänään (PDF 4 MB): A Finnish language publication on the United States describes the American society from all aspects, covering Americans as a nation, as citizens, at work, at school, in communities, and at play. Produced by the U.S. Embassy Helsinki.