The ARC’s Library provides Ethiopians with state–of-the-art resources and gives them access to up-to-date and accurate HIV and AIDS related information. The Library is open to the general public and frequent users of the library include: youth, health care workers and staff from NGOs, Ministry of Health and other governmental organizations. The Library’s services are invaluable in a country like Ethiopia where there is a lack of awareness about HIV and no centralized access to data on the epidemic. Users can come to the library to learn about modes of HIV transmission and proven prevention methods by accessing reference materials that are physically archived at the Center or available online on the ARC website. Accurate information and knowledge empowers users to make positive behavior changes that can reduce their risk of HIV infection. Researchers can utilize resources like the JSTOR database, HINARI database and Pubmed at the Library through the Internet to guide their research work in Ethiopia. Local and international HIV/AIDS implementing organizations also use resources such as policy documents, gudelines, program planning, design and evaluation manuals from the library. Through the Library/Clearinghouse services, organizations working on HIV and AIDS can receive BCC materials and get evidence-based data on the HIV epidemic in Ethiopia.
The Library serves NGOs and government organizations working on HIV/AIDS, policymakers, researchers, religious leaders, journalists and media organizations, government agencies, high school students and the general public including disabled individuals.
- Provide access to state-of-the art and evidenced based HIV and AIDS related resources to journalists, health care providers, government and NGO staff, students and the general public enhancing their ability to provide services to their constituents bringing about positive HIV related behavior change
- Increase efficient provision of up-to-date and accurate information related to AB (Abstinence/Be Faithful) and OP (other prevention) interventions and service uptake
- Increase the number of HIV/AIDS, STI, and TB communication materials distributed through the clearinghouse
Currently there are over 5000 titles of monographs, articles, pamphlets, posters, CD/DVDs, and Videos The Library hosts a comprehensive multimedia reference collection including periodicals, official guidelines, general and scientific books, scientific journals, brochures, videos, CD-ROMs, DVDs, audiocassettes and novelty items. A special audio visual room is available for listening and viewing purposes. The facility has over 20 computer terminals where users can browse multimedia collection holdings, access databases online and run CD-ROMs. A fast wireless connection can also be accessed by users who bring their laptops.
ARC also maintains a Clearinghouse on all HIV and AIDS, HIV counseling and testing (HCT), sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and Tuberculosis (TB) materials and a distribution service to NGOs, government organizations and Institutions. The Clearinghouse has a computerized tracking system for handling materials distribution. From January 2007 to September 2010 a total of 566,667 copies of IEC/BCC materials were distributed throughout the country.
The Library develops its collection through purchasing and donations. The ARC established a network with researchers and organizations working on HIV and AIDS in Ethiopia that contribute to the library’s collection regularly. The titles of all the materials provided are catalogued and entered into an online database to facilitate quick searches online through ARC’s website.
How to use the Center
- The resource center is open for everyone on Monday – Friday from 8:30AM-7:00PM and Saturday from 8:30AM-5:00PM.
- Users should register in the user tracking system to have an ID and password which help them access the library computers.
- Build and introduce new services based on users needs.
- Build a disability corner that will enable people with special needs to access information on HIV/AIDS. This includes the setup of an audio booth and Internet access and reading corner.
- Convert existing VHS materials into electronic format for future use.
- Equip the new AVU unit with state-of-the-art modern AV equipments to provide basic services to the youth.
- Enhance clearinghouse activities with online orders and mailing list development
The library and clearing house is run by the
Library and clearing house manager
Telephone: 251 11 550 3584 (Ext.1112)
Fax: 251 11 550 3749