American Resource Center

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The American Resource Center celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2016. After the Second World War, the United States set up libraries around the world in affiliation with its embassies. In Helsinki, such a library started in Kalevankatu with a modest collection of 2000 volumes. Nowadays, the ARC Library is located in Fabianinkatu in the University of Helsinki’s Kaisa library.

The materials in the ARC Library are in English and made by Americans. Most of the customers are students and researchers at the University of Helsinki. Teachers and high school students also utilize ARC’s collections. The basic idea of the library is still the same as 70 years ago: the library is open to all and its services are available to everyone in Finland.

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Narrator: Taina Iduozee
Filming: Mikko Helander and Panu Somerma
Editing: Mikko Helander
Graphics: Mikko Helander
Music: Americana – Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
Photos: Archives of ARC
Producer: Riitta Taarasti
Production: Library Channel – Libraries, 2016

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