American Center

The James Baldwin American Center (JBAC) is a component of the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde. It is a public lending library for students, the academia and the general public, and a reference / research center, which provides comprehensive and authoritative information on the United States to those who need to make informed decisions.

Download (PDF – 1MB) the program of the month of December.

Join the U.S. Embassy American Center for very interesting programs throughout each month. Programs include a film screening, a book discussion…etc. Sounds interesting? Send an email at yaoundeirc2@state.gov to register.

The JBAC is equipped with both print and electronic resources on various subjects such as the media, government and politics, economics, the environment, social and security issues, the rule of law and civic education, arts, history and literature with special emphasis on U.S society and culture. The JBAC also has a Multimedia Center, with 16 computers connected to the Internet at accessible to its patrons at no cost.

The JBAC has about 3000 volumes in both the English and French languages. This collection includes approximately 400 specialized reference books. Here is the list (PDF – 713KB ) of our most recent books.

The JBAC subscribes to more than 50 general and specialized periodicals in English and French, including scholarly journals and current American newspapers.

The JBAC subscriptions also include several online databases covering a range of sources and subjects in mostly full-text format: Lexis-Nexis, Factiva, the Foundation Directory, Ralph J. Bunche online resources, to name a few. Apart from in-depth and specialized searches for target audiences, the JBAC provides quick reference services on contacts, addresses, simple statistics, biographical information, professional and non-governmental associations, and articles in specific areas. Reference queries can be made in person during business hours, or by mail, fax or telephone at the address below.

The JBAC is open during the following times:

  • Members:
    Mondays to Wednesdays: 09:00 to 16:00
    Thursdays: 09:00 to 12:00

Other users without membership cards should call the number below to book an appointment to visit the JBIRC on Mondays through Thursdays. The JBAC is not open on U.S. and Cameroon official holidays.

Membership is granted on an individual basis. It may not be transferred, nor may the membership card be loaned to another person. Membership card is valid for a period of one year renewable.

For Students:

  • A valid student ID card or receipt of payment of fees for the current academic year
  • Two passport-size photographs
  • National ID card or passport
  • E-mail address and/or telephone number of a guardian in Yaoundé
  • A processing fee of 1.000 francs

For Professionals:

  • An employee or professional card
  • Two passport-size photographs
  • National ID card
  • E-mail address and/ or telephone number in Yaoundé
  • A processing fee of 1.000 francs

Virtual membership is granted on an individual basis. This is membership granted to those who want to become members of the JBAC and benefit from our online services and resources such as Article Alerts, Webchats …etc. To become a virtual member, follow the link to register: http://tinyurl.com/qbvwn7e

Valid membership card holders may borrow up to two books for two weeks on a renewable basis. Reservations for books on loan can be made at the circulation desk. A bibliography of books in a specific subject area can be printed from the automated circulation system for a small fee.

For further information, please contact:

The James Baldwin American Center
Public Affairs Section, American Embassy
Avenue Rosa Parks
P.O. Box 817, Yaounde, Cameroon
Phone: (237) 22220 1500, Ext. 4340
Fax: (237) 22220 1402
Email: Yaoundeirc2@state.gov

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