American Reference Center

The American Reference Center (ARC) offers advanced research services about legislative developments, foreign and domestic policy, and social, economic, and political issues.

ARC reference collection is non-circulating. The collection consists of about 300 volumes, including encyclopedias, handbooks, yearbooks, directories. It covers fields such as Government and Politics, Economics, Media and American Studies.

The center offers access to eLibraryUSA – a virtual library with online access to millions of publications, scholarly journals, eBooks, audio, video, and other multi-media content. Variety of resources includes the Bureau of International Information Programs Books and eJournal USA, databases like Gale, Encyclopedia Britannica, eBrary, CQ and others specializing in diverse topics (covering science, technology, environment, health, social sciences, literature, economics, business administration, English learning, history, and American culture).

Enter the homepage elibraryusa.state.gov freely in order to learn more about the different types of resources offered; however, a username and password is required in order to access the eLibraryUSA. To find out more about the full access to the eLibraryUSA contact the American Reference Center at arc_brat@state.gov.

ARC is also active in supporting three InfoUSA centers (American Corners) located in public-access libraries in Košice, Banská Bystrica and Bratislava. These three centers provide accurate and up-to-date information about cultural, educational and economic life in the United States and serve as focal points for Slovak-American programs in Slovakia.

If you need quick reference assistance and do not find the information you need on our web pages, you can send email with information requests to arc_brat@state.gov or call the ARC Monday – Friday, 9:00-17:00 at 02/59223312.