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The American Library
Public Affairs Office,
American Center,
38-A, J. L. Nehru Road,
Kolkata 700 071. Tel: 91-33-3984-6300
Fax: 91-33-3984-6350 E-mail:
Library Hours: 10.00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.(Mon-Sat)


The American Library formerly known as the United States Information Service (USIS) Library is a part of the Public Affairs Office of the American Consulate General, Kolkata. Through its various activities and resources the library aims to promote a better understanding of the policies, values, institutions and culture of the United States. It provides a wide range of current, accurate and authoritative information from a vast selection of print and electronic resources using state-of-the-art technology.

The library collection focuses primarily on U.S. government and politics, international relations, economics, business management, social sciences, human rights, American history, American literature and global issues such as environment, drug abuse and HIV/AIDS. It maintains approximately 15,000 volumes of books, U.S. government and think tank reports, DVD on current topics, and subscribes to 162 American periodicals and 3 leading American newspapers. A range of electronic databases available for the use of patrons provide access to abstracts and full texts of articles from scholarly periodicals. Reference specialists assist patrons in locating information for queries received in person, by telephone, e-mail or by post.

eLibraryUSA: Virtual Library

eLibraryUSA is a virtual library with online access to millions of publications, scholarly journals, eBooks, audio, video, and other multi-media content. This virtual library is targeted towards audiences looking to do research, like high school and university students, teachers, professors, government officials, and journalists, among others. Through eLibraryUSA you can access content in databases like Gale, Encyclopedia Britannica, eBrary, CQ and others specializing in diverse topics (including science, technology, environment, health, social sciences, literature, economics, business administration, English learning, history, and American culture).

The book collection may be accessed through the computerized Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). Available on the Worldwide Web, OPAC contains the complete holdings of the American Libraries in Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi. The book catalog of the four American Libraries in India may be searched by author, title, subject, keyword, publisher and call number at

The American Library  offers individual and institutional membership to residents of Kolkata and the entire eastern and northeast India. Members of the American Library may borrow books in person or through post and request research material by either visiting the library or through telephone, letter or e-mail. Membership enrollment forms may be obtained by writing to the American Library or by emailing at


  • Dear Members:
    From December 1, 2013 the working hours of the American Library in Kolkata will be from 10:00 am to 05:30 pm, Monday through Saturday.

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