American Center in Vilnius

The American Center located at the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius is part of a network of American Spaces operated throughout the world by the U.S. Department of State. Its role is to make available accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date information about the United States, as well as programming space for USG-funded educational exchange program alumni. The book collection of the American Center library provides materials on American Studies with emphasis on political science, economics, government, law, American history, American literature, culture and society. The reference collection contains works relevant to these disciplines.

American Center Library membership is open to everyone. For registration, a passport, ID, student card or other suitable identification must be provided. By signing the membership application form, members accept the library’s policies on lending, photocopying and use of the American Center Library. The IRC charges a 1.50 Euro membership card processing fee.

American Center Library membership includes the privilege to borrow books, free of charge, for up to three weeks. Members may borrow two books at a time; however, reference books and periodicals must remain in the American Center Library. To borrow a book, it is necessary to provide a membership card. Unless a book has been requested by another reader, it may be renewed once, in person, for an additional three weeks.

Paper copies of American Center Library materials are charged 10 Euro cents per page. Copyright restrictions are observed.

Members of the American Center Library may use the Internet on any of the 4 public access computers.

The American Center Library charges fines for overdue materials: 5 Euro cents for every overdue item per working day. The American Center Library reserves the right to suspend borrowing privileges for repeated abuse of policies.

The American Center library has access to the following on-line databases. For further information about access to these and more databases, please contact IRC specialists. Charges may apply.

Contains detailed descriptions of 142,000 international and U.S. national, regional, state, and local membership organizations in all fields.

A comprehensive index to more than 10 million biographical sketches in over 1000 current and retrospective biographical dictionaries, covering both contemporary and historical figures throughout the world.

Offers access to over 5 million U.S. books, audio books and video titles – making it the industry’s largest bibliographic database.

An Internet based database of 2,800 titles with indexing and abstracting and 1,800 full text titles.

Factivia, a Dow Jones & Reuters Company, provides world-class global content, including Dow Jones and Reuters newswires and The Wall Street Journal – unduplicated in a single service elsewhere. Offers access to nearly 9,000 sources including newswires, newspapers, periodicals, and television transcripts, and key sources. In many regions, Factiva provides strong host country news.

A comprehensive periodical resource that puts more than 39 million database records at researchers’ fingertips. More than 9,200 titles and backfile coverage since the 1980’s from mainstream to specialized sources and an intuitive search interface make this an unequaled source for virtually every popular, business and professional topic.

A comprehensive collection of 21 titles (representing a total of 63 volumes) reference materials in electronic format, across a wide range of subject and curriculum areas including Arts and Humanities, Child Care studies, Fashion, Business and Finance, Tourism and much more. This database takes eBooks to the next level of usability by delivering reference content in a database format.

A source of legal information, much like Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis. HeinOnline provides a narrower scope of materials, excluding newspaper reports, as well as most federal and all state case law and most administrative material. HeinOnline’s materials are available only as PDF files.

Offers access to current and historic federal legislation, bill tracking, bill texts, state legislation, case law, law reviews, and thousands of full-text news sources and periodicals including the New York Times, Washington Post and AP newswires. To date, LEXIS-NEXIS has introduced Web products for business, legal and academic research, current awareness, and both standard and customizable tracking of competitive and business subjects and companies on a daily basis.  The LEXIS-NEXIS service contains more than one trillion characters and 1.4 billion documents in more than 8,692 databases. It adds 4.6 million documents each week.

The world leader in digital newspaper distribution covering 370 newspaper from 66 countries, in 38 languages.

A database of over 4,000 indexed titles and over 2,000 full text journals with images.

The Statistical Abstract of the United States contains statistics on social, economic, and international subjects and more than 1400 tables and graphs. It also provides a guide to sources of other data from the Census Bureau, other Federal  agencies, and private organizations. Main files include: Frequently Requested Tables; State Rankings; State profiles; Economic Indicators; Index of Topics in the Abstract; USA Statistics in Brief; Ordering Information.

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