The John Taylor Williams Library.

Dr. John Taylor Williams Library

Welcome to the Dr. John Taylor Williams Library (Information Resource Center) in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  We are open:

Mon, Tues and Thurs: 09:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wed: 09:00 am to 3:00 pm

Fri: Closed

The Information Resource Center (IRC) was re-opened in January 2004 as the Dr. Martin Luther King Library.  At the dedication of the New Embassy at Leicester on November 16, 2006, the IRC was renamed “the Dr. John Taylor Williams Library.”  Dr. John Taylor Williams was the first African-American to be appointed Consul in Sierra Leone in 1897.  The new IRC has been transformed to take advantage of new technology, including the vast array of resources available on the Internet.  The Internet, which has opened new vistas of knowledge in the third millennium, has become a vital reference tool in our Resource Center.

The core-collection consisting of 1000 titles and 40 periodicals is available to the general public during regular hours. The Information Resource Center provides Internet access to the mission’s key contacts and IRC members for research purposes.

Accessibility to the Information Resource Center:

Library membership is available to program contacts.  First time and casual users are advised to make an appointment ahead of time with the staff. Only card-carrying members can borrow books.  However, all patrons are welcome to the IRC to read or do research.

Reference Services:

The Information Resource Center provides reference service to IRC members and key contacts. Other patrons may also come to the center during opening hours for reference purposes. Under the guidance of the staff, these patrons will be shown how to find answers to their questions.

Please address enquiries and questions to the Information Resource Center at the circulation desk or by mail ( or by telephone (232) (99) 105000 ext 5360/5363; (232) (99) 105 360

IRC Director: Abass Kalokoh

IRC Director Presents Books to Fourah Bay College Library (University of Sierra Leone) American Shelf Program – July 18, 2012

On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, the IRC Director James Taylor presented 148 books and 28 magazines in a variety of subject areas to the “American Shelf” at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.  This book donation reinforced the Public Affairs Section’s ties with students and educators at Fourah Bay College, in line with Mission goal of promoting expanded access to information and quality education.

The American Shelf program at FBC was initiated in 2007 and the FBC library has benefitted from several donations since.  The IRC also donates copies of periodicals and magazines monthly to the Library

February 2013 – Reading Competition Jointly Organised by the Public Affairs Section and the American Shelf, Fourah Bay College

As part of the Black History Month celebration, the Public Affairs Section, United States Embassy and the American Shelf, Fourah Bay College organised a reading competition for Fourah Bay College Primary School pupils on Wednesday 20th February 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the school.

Three pupils competed in each class (Prep 1 to 6) and all eighteen competitors received prizes (in the form of books) donated by the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy. Those who came third in each class received a book. Each runner up received two books and the champion received three. A total of thirty six books were given as prizes.

Each contestant read from a book and lecturers from the Department of Language Studies, Mr. Arthur Smith and Mrs. Elizabeth Kamara, served as Judges.

Rev. Oliver Harding (Ag. College Librarian), Ms. Antoinette Fashole-Luke (Administrative Assistant), Ms. Suzannette Mangay (Head of the American Shelf) and Mr. Alusine Kargbo (staff of American Shelf) organized the materials, outlined the rules of the competition, moderated the competition etc.

Two sets of reading materials were recently donated to the school by FBC library.   The children expressed delight in the program and wished the Embassy and FBC American Shelf would organize more of such programs.

August 28, 2012 – The Film, “High School Musical” (PDF 240 KB) was shown to young kids, aged 5-16 approximately, from an orphanage in Bo. The film was followed by a literary exercise where the kids wrote about their dreams and what they want to be in the future.

Other Activities at the Bo American Corner:

August 28, 2012
Film Show: “Teens, Alcohol and Club Drugs” and “The Corner” (PDF 216 KB)

August 27 to 29, 2012
Investigative Journalism Workshop for Journalists (PDF 175 KB)

June 13, 2012
Workshop for English Teachers in the Southern  Region (PDF 194 KB)

June 13, 2012
Film Show & Poetry Reading for students (PDF 101 KB)

June 12, 2012
English Language Learning Training Program (ELTP) Ice Breaking Session (PDF 123 KB)