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Information Resource Center

John F. Kennedy Memorial Information Resource Center, Lilongwe


The IRC hosts a variety of interactive programs tailored toward empowering the youth. Above a group of Secondary School girls from Chinsapo pose for a photo at the end of an afternoon of fun and knowledge!

For American public diplomacy, engaging with foreign audiences face to face continues to be an invaluable asset for promoting mutual understanding and values of American culture. Learn more about the United States through our American Spaces in Malawi.  In Lilongwe we are the John F. Kennedy Information Resource Center, located on the ground floor of  Old Mutual House in Lilongwe's City Center. 



Membership is free and open to studets, government officials, business people, academics, clergy, Non Governmental Organizations and the general public. Members must be resident in Malawi.  You can apply for the membership by printing and completing the registration form, which is readily available in the IRC as well as this link.............

Services Available

We have a range of resources available including: reference and academic books, journals and periodicals, multimedia information resources including electronic library (ElibraryUSA), internet access and e-readers. You can source documentation of U.S. foreign policies, discussions and debate of U.S. historical and current issues, insights on American culture and values, and bilateral U.S.-host country issues. Additional resources like the  “Researchers  toolkit”, information on activities carried out in Malawi by US-based and international organizations  can also be made available.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) also publishes journals on topics such as the economy, democratic governance, and U.S. society and values.

Members of the IRC can borrow books for a period of two weeks and after which they can either return or renew the books.  Clients are not allowed to remove periodicals and references materials out of the IRC.

The IRC staff provides reference and research assistance utilizing the available information resources. Queries are accepted by telephone, e-mail or in person during working hours.


We have teamed up with partner institutions to make the  resources found at our Resource Center in Lilongwe easily available to the public in other cities. The following institutions host the American Corners:

  • Mzuzu University in Mzuzu city up  North
  • Polytechnic in Blantyre, in the South
  • Chancellor College in Zomba in the East 

The Information Resource Center and American Corners each conduct at least 4 programs a month  with various audiences such as youth groups, student and teacher organizations,  young readers, partner institutions and working professionals. Annually we conduct programs on Black History, Women History, music in America, social and civic responsibility, using ICT resources in rural areas and development in communities through volunteering.

Opening Hours

Monday – Wednesday 8:00hrs to 16:30:00 hrs

Thursday - Closed

Friday: 8:30 hrs to 12:00 hrs

1st Friday of every month: 14:00 to 15:30 Book Club

Weekends and Public Holidays (American and Malawian): CLOSED

Contact Information

  • J.F. Kennedy IRC
    Public Affairs Section
    P.O. Box 30016
    Lilongwe 3

    Telephone:  265 1 772 222
    Fax:             265 1 771 142