Information Resource Center
The Information Resource Center (IRC), located in the U.S. Embassy, serves the U.S. mission to Tunisia by providing Tunisians with timely, accurate information on American politics, news and opinions, government, society, history, culture, and on U.S. policies affecting the bilateral relationship.
I. Reading Room: The IRC is staffed with two trained IRC information specialists who rely on a circulating and reference collection of over 7,000 books, 30 print periodicals, 800 videos including feature films and over 100 CD-ROM databases.
II: Electronic Facilities:
The IRC offers to its patrons a free access to Internet and to commercial full-text databases containing over 1000 magazines, newspapers and wire services. The IRC staff will respond to your queries and will assist you with conducting online research.
Online Databases with public access
The following online databases are available to patrons through IRC staff:
- Nexis- Lexis
- Project Muse
- Proquest Historical Newspapers
- Proquest Newspapers
- Proquest Research Library
III. Exhibits and Displays: A selection of paper shows focusing on American and global themes, such as immigration, HIV Aids, green technology,others, are available for loan to institutions. The IRC would be happy to be your partner and support your program.
IV. International Information Program Online Publications:
A wide range of publications covering primers on U.S. history, social values, culture, legal system, economy along with guides to Journalism & Media, Human Rights, and Entrepreneurship are available at the IIP Digital Web site.
I. Online Dissemination of Materials to Target Audiences
The IRC has a variety of ways of delivering information about the United State to its patrons. This includes the preparation of specialized information packages in response to institutional queries or to support special programs. For further information regarding this service, please contact IRC staff.
II. Selective Dissemination of Information Service (SDI)
IRC automatically provides patrons with current U.S. information (articles and reports) and alerts patrons of newly added books in their chosen fields of interest. All IRC services are free of charge. Please contact the IRC staff if you wish to be on SDI distribution list.
III. Book Presentations
The IRC regularly donates copies of American books translated into French and Arabic to institutions and individuals. The books are translated by the State Department Book Translation Program to give non-English readers access to current American ideas and culture.
The IRC is open to the public Monday to Friday, except on U.S and Tunisian official holidays. Queries are accepted by telephone, e-mail, or in person during working hours.
- Winter: 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
- Summer: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Ramadan: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.