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Information Resource Center (IRC)

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If you need information about the United States, you have come to the right place!

The Information Resource Center is part of the Public Affairs Section and is the U.S. Embassy’s public library and outreach center.

We have books, films and documentaries, magazines and research databases – all about the United States. Click here to access the IRC's Catalog (Library Name: IRC Cambodia).

Information Resource Center membership is free. Patrons are required to complete a Registration Form with a copy of ID and photo attached, and send to or

To pick up your new card, please bring a form of valid photo identification (Passport, Driver's Permit, National Identification Card, or student card) to the Information Resource Center located in the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh.

What you can do with an IRC membership card:

  • Check out books, CDs, DVDs, kindles, and Playaways
  • Get an eLibraryUSA account
  • Get invited to join events organized by IRC.
  • Receive useful research materials and information on the U.S. Embassy's exchange programs

Time of Operation

  • Visitors Walk-in Hours:
    Monday - Friday (Except public holidays)
    08:30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.
    13:30 p.m. - 16:30 p.m.
  • Telephone Enquiries:
    Monday - Friday
    08:00 a.m. to 17:00 p.m.
    Phone: (855-23) 728-256/728-286

About the U.S.

  • Brains over beauty: This Miss America says being smart is cool.
    Brains over beauty: This Miss America says being smart is cool.

    Meet Nina Davuluri, the first Miss America of Indian descent. She was also the first Miss America to have earned a science degree. After winning the Miss America crown in 2013, Davuluri used the position to promote education in the “STEM” subjects (science, technology, engineering and math), especially among young girls. She stressed how a STEM education opens doors to a broad range of...  ភាសា​ខ្មែរ »

  • The American religious landscape
    The American religious landscape

    The diverse religious landscape of the United States has been shaped by the right to freedom of religion, established by the Constitution, and immigration. In fact, U.S. religious pluralism has its origins in America’s colonial past, when members of persecuted religious minorities migrated from Europe to the New World so they could freely practice their faiths. And newcomers still arrive from every...  ភាសា​ខ្មែរ »

  • Photo contest shares the American experience
    Photo contest shares the American experience

    U.S. national parks and the spectacular vistas they preserve have been called “America’s best idea.” Four million online viewers saw why in a 2014 photo contest. The Share the Experience contest is sponsored by the National Park Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money and support for the government-run National Park Service. Eligible amateur U.S. photographers submitted 22,000 images...  ភាសា​ខ្មែរ »

  • Is racism coloring your view of the world?
    Is racism coloring your view of the world?

    Racial discrimination scars those it touches. It also costs money. Big money. A recent study put the economic impact of racism at nearly $2 trillion a year in the United States alone. Racism is the belief that inherited characteristics like skin color make one group superior or inferior to others. It can be embedded in a society’s institutions, where it affects policies on lending, hiring, housing and...  ភាសា​ខ្មែរ »