The Information Resource Center of the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua provides information to the public about the United States of America.

The State Department launched a central Virtual Library (VL) on October 1, 2010. The Virtual Library is available to the public online at the IRC, American Corner and Centro Cultural Nicaraguense Norteamericano in Managua.

All materials are FREE!

The Virtual Library is a collection of ebooks, journal articles from subscription databases, open-access documents from government websites and scholarly repositories.  We provide the following services:

  • Outreach Services: Article alert services for academic and U.S. government reports are available to academics, students, researchers, librarians, English teachers, government officials and private sector representatives.
  • Washington Files: Daily news updates are sent via email to our registered users in English and Spanish.
  • Bibliograhical Resources: There is access to a small reference library including books, periodicals, and a small collection of audio visuals as well as access to our computers with Internet service.

The IRC staff is trained to conduct research using the latest techniques on the Internet and electronic databases. The IRC has access to commercial electronic databases, guides to U.S. Government Agencies and U.S. government reports such as:

  • LEXIS: Full text data base of federal and state legislation, historic and current, bills before Congress, jurisprudence, law journals, court cases with access to over 5,000 periodicals, academic journals, and other judicial publications.
  • NEXIS: Includes more than 6,000 sources and full text of newspapers, magazines, academic journals, specialized publications, and other sources of information such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Associated Press wires.
  • STAT-USA: The U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration is a point of access to authoritative business, trade, and economic information across the Federal Government.

IRC services are free of charge.

The IRC is open to the public by appointment only. Please send an email in advance to set an appointment.


Please send questions via email to:
Or call us at (505) 2252-7100 ext 7515
Fax (505) 2252-7108
*Please note: The IRC only handles reference questions about the United States.

We do not reply to or forward inquiries about visas. All inquiries concerning visas, immigration, and citizenship matters must be referred to the Consular Section.