American Centers & Corners
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow supports a network of five American libraries in Russia known as the American Centers. Each Center contains reference works, periodicals, and a circulating book collection designed to improve mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and Russia. On-line reference searching and e-mail access enhance the ability of the Centers to provide the most up-to-date information to their patrons. Center patrons include: library users requesting information on American laws and regulations; business people interested in finding American partners or learning about the latest business practices in the United States; teachers with questions about American history, culture and language; and students and academics researching American social sciences. The American Centers in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, and Tomsk are joint ventures between the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy and regional institutions. PAS provides books, periodicals, CD-ROMs, computers, and training for local staff while the host institutions provide space and staff. For more information, please visit the American Centers and Corners website.
The American Corners program was launched at the initiative of former U.S. Ambassador to Russia James Collins in October 2000. American Corners are smaller, more flexible, versions of American Centers. Each American Corner collection includes a number of different modules devoted to improving mutual understanding between the United States and Russia. Each American Corner works in close coordination with numerous State Department programs in Russia such as the Internet Access and Training Program (IATP) and the English Language Fellows Program. A significant portion of the Corner collection is in electronic format on CD-ROM. As all of these Corners have Internet access, these Corners function as virtual windows on America and the outside world. The U.S. Embassy has opened 23 Corners across Russia with more sites opening soon. For more information, please visit the American Centers and Corners website.