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Information Resource Center

The Information Resource Center (IRC) has a wide range of print and electronic resources and provides current, authoritative and comprehensive information about the United States, its policies, its social, economic and political processes. The information resources are specifically intended to meet the needs of government officials, decision makers, opinion leaders, journalists, researchers and scholars interested in the United States.

IRC Reference and Information Services

  • Public Outreach Programs

The IRC conducts regular mobile outreach programs to target groups in universities, colleges, secondary schools, public libraries, youth centers, research centers and other public institutions to disseminate information and promote dialogue with Zimbabweans about the United States, its policies and social and political processes.  If you are interested to discuss with U.S. Embassy staff a particular topic related to American society, please contact the IRC staff at

  • Electronic Resources

The IRC provides electronic services and resources to the public, including the following:

Article Alerts:  Article Alerts are thematic compilations of information on topical issues published by State Department, U.S. news media and other sources.  The Alerts are circulated electronically twice every month.  If you are interested in receiving the Alerts, please contact IRC staff at

eLibraryUSA: eLibraryUSA has a broad range of resources about American history, arts and culture, English language learning, science and technology, business news, and health issues. It is available at American Spaces around the world. eLibraryUSA provides virtual access to nearly 30 authoritative databases in the United States.  Contact the IRC staff at to learn how you can access eLibraryUSA.

eJournalUSA: The IRC also provides access to eJournalUSA and other electronic journals from the Department of State Bureau of International Information Programs.  Each issue of eJournalUSA examines a major topic facing the United States and the international community, and informs international readers about U.S. society, values, thought, and institutions.

Internet: The IRC provides Internet access for research, access to eLibraryUSA and other electronic journals, journalism work and other reference activities. Photocopies of specific articles from reference materials and periodicals can be supplied within reasonable limits.

  • Print Collection

While focus is on electronic information resources, the IRC also stocks a small collection of print materials.  These include books written by American authors, popular American magazines and newspapers such as Newsweek, Time, Forbes, Fortune, the New York Times and Washington Post.  The collection emphasizes information on U.S. politics, history, foreign policy, culture, business and economics.  General reference books and U.S. government directories are also available.

Updated: February 3, 2016

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