Beijing Learning and Resource Center

Beijing Learning and Resource Center
Beijing Learning and Resource Center

The Embassy has an extended reference, research and news service administered by the Learning and Resource Center (LaRC).

The Learning and Resource Center assists both the general public and the Embassy’s high level target audience. We provide free reference and research services to Chinese seeking information about the United States. The subject emphasis is on American politics and government, economics and trade, foreign affairs and regional security, education and culture, as well as global issues such as the environment. The LaRC delivers this information in a variety of ways depending on your needs. You may contact us by phone or email.

The Learning and Resource Center offers Free Wi-Fi Service!

The LaRC is open from 13:00 – 16:00 Monday through Thursday by appointment only via email( ) or phone call (010) 8531-3508. We are closed on Chinese and American holidays.

To check out a device or get online access, please speak to a BAC staff member. You will need to present identification and sign our use log.


The LaRC maintains a book collection of over 1,000 volumes focused primarily on American politics, economics, law, studying abroad, society, English learning and much more. The LaRC is constantly adding new titles to its collection.


The IRC has a growing collection of nearly 600 DVDs on a diverse range of topics related to the United States. You can either watch the movie with the devices in the LaRC or borrow the DVD back for watching. Beijing American Center hosts “Movie Night” now and then, please refer to BAC’s Event Notice.


The LaRC has a collection of popular games in the United States, including Monopoly, Careers, 10 Days in the Americas, Pictionary.

Art In America
575 Broadway, New York New York 10012: Brant Publications, Inc.

Each month, Art in America creates a fascinating picture of the colorful, ever changing, often controversial art scene here and abroad. You’ll find everything from contemporary to classical …painting, sculpture, photography…critiques of exciting new talents and important new books.

The Atlantic Monthly
Boston, Massachusetts: The Atlantic Monthly Co.

The Atlantic is one of several critical journals with a wide readership. It incorporates essays on politics, economics, education and other aspects of American life and culture, along with essays on similar aspects of life in other countries. It also includes fiction and poetry by some of the most popular contemporary U.S. writers.

Bloomberg Businessweek
Weekly-50 To 54 Per Year
Bloomberg Businessweek is an American weekly business magazine published by Bloomberg L.P. Businessweek was founded in 1929, the magazine was created to provide information and interpretation about what was happening in the business world.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Washington, DC: The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inc.

Published weekly in newspaper format, the Chronicle provides by far the most complete coverage available of American higher education. Indeed, it is the authoritative voice as well as the most current source on legislation, grants, statistics, personnel, and forthcoming events and programs in U.S. higher education.

Current History: A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs
Philadelphia, Philadelphia: Current History, Inc.
Monthly (except June-August)

Current History is an international affairs journal with appeal for the non-specialist.  Each issue concentrates on a single topic (such as U.S. trade policy) or a geographic area  (like Latin America). A typical issue contains seven or eight brief articles written in a non-technical style. The authors are American academics, usually subject specialists. A regular feature, “The Month in Review,” is a chronological summary of the most important events of world affairs two months previously.

Dance Magazine
333 7th Avenue, 11th Floor, New York 10001-5004: Dance Magazine Inc.

A look at today’s exciting world of dance, color feaures of the most talked about companies and performers, dance news, reviews of performances, dance books, films and TV, and more.

The Economist
London, England: The Economist Newspaper, Ltd.

Since it’s beginning, the economist has used economics as a basis for the international news it covers. It gives readers a different perspective – one that is needed to help with globalization of information. Six or seven lead articles are the usual format, with sections on world politics and current affairs in America, Asia, Europe, Britain, and other international areas; followed by business, finance, and science, and a section on books, arts, and sports.

New York, New York: Forbes, Inc.

Forbes is a popular business and financial magazine directed to managers and investors, especially the latter. Articles concentrate on government and company activities, industry developments, investment opportunities, the state of the U.S. economy, and general economic trends. Regular columnists give advice on stocks, bonds and personal finance. We also have Forbes ASAP, Forbes FYI and Forbes Magazine Annual Report on American Industry.

Foreign Affairs
New York, New York: The Council on Foreign Relations, Inc.

This periodical is generally considered the preeminent journal of world affairs and its contributors are experts in their fields. Policy ideas are frequently tested and debated in this publication before being adopted. Foreign Affairs also contain one of the most comprehensive book review sections in the international relations field.

Foreign Policy
Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

This journal also provides wide-ranging coverage on all aspects of foreign affairs. A typical issue contains about ten articles written by diplomats or former diplomats and scholars in the field. As with Foreign Affairs, articles in Foreign Policy often test the water for policy innovation p rior to such changes being implemented.

New York, New York: Time, Inc.

Fortune is among the best known general business magazines in the United States. Its articles tend to be longer than those in other magazines of this type, and frequent use of sidebars allows the reader to learn more about corollary issues. The magazine is also noted for its special issue focusing on “The Fortune 500”, the leading 500 U.S. businesses.

Harper’s Magazine
New York, New York: Harper’s Magazine Foundation

Harper’s is similar to The Atlantic in both format and focus. It too incorporates five to six articles on the American nation or some aspect of the global political, economic or social scene.

Harvard Business Review
Boston, Massachusetts: Graduate School of Business Administration

This well-known product of Harvard Business School publishes articles in the areas of business and management. Topics include planning, manufacturing, innovation, and so forth.  Each issue also incorporates a case study.

Library Journal
Marion, Ohio: Bowker Magazine Group

Regarded as the leading U.S. library periodical, this journal boasts coverage of the library world, reviewing services and timeliness. Each issue includes news, feature articles, columns on magazines and people, a calendar of events, and countless book reviews.

Martha Stewart Living
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

Martha Stewart Living is a magazine and a television show featuring entertaining and home decorating guru Martha Stewart. Both the magazine and the television program focus on the domestic arts.

MIT Technology Review

Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Technology Review
Every 2 Months

MIT Technology Review is a magazine published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[3] It was founded in 1899 as The Technology Review,[4] and was re-launched without the “The” in its name on April 23, 1998 under then publisher R. Bruce Journey. In September 2005, it underwent another transition under the current editor-in-chief and publisher, Jason Pontin, to a form resembling the historical magazine.

National Geographic
1145 Seventeenth Street N.W., Washington, DC: National Geographic Society

Articles deal with interesting people, places, customs, activities and nature on a worldwide scale. Also covers National Geographic Society expeditions and discoveries.

The New Yorker
New York, New York: The New Yorker Magazine, Inc.

This journal features many well-known American writers. Each issue includes fiction, poetry, commentaries on current political events, and reports on significant social concerns. The New Yorker is also a compendium of information about events in New York City. In addition, there are lengthier theater, music, film, dance, and record reviews.

Monthly-8 To 12 Per Year (Consecutive Months)

Out is a popular gay and lesbian fashion, entertainment, and lifestyle magazine, with the highest circulation of any gay monthly publication in the United States.

1271 Avenue of the Americas, Room 307, New York 10020-1393: Time Inc.

Focuses on personalities in television, motion pictures, politics, business, the arts, literature and the sciences.

Reader’s Digest
Reader’s Digest Rd, Pleasantville, NY 10570-7000: Reader’s Digest Association, Inc

Reader’s Digest continues to be a wonderful little magazine that truly caters to every type of reader. Included are many anecdotes, jokes, and witticisms that the readers themselves contribute to the magazine (some even get paid). It publishes a wide range of excerpts from national magazines and newspapers on such topics as smoking, parents ruining kids’ sports, and health. It also presents its own impressive articles, such as one naming the country’s worst judges. On the whole, the magazine offers its readers a sense of hope, a concept often sadly lacking today. Along with this “old-fashioned” optimism, there are plenty of signs of technology, and web sites are highlighted throughout the magazine.

Rolling Stone
New York, New York: Wenner Media

Easily the most important magazine of the past 25 years devoted to American popular culture Rolling Stone’s reach embraces current events, politics, fashion, the arts, and the entertainment industry as a whole. Its investigative reporting is on par with the standard set by prestigious newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. Authoritative record, video, book, and AV/computer equipment reviews represent another strength.

Scientific American
New York, New York: Scientific American, Inc.

This long-established magazine offers a broad range of articles covering archeology, astronomy, earth science, medicine, psychology, and technology. In fact, it examines anything even remotely considered science. Illustrations, many in color, are informative and decorative. Nevertheless, readers will find a solid scientific background helpful in understanding some of the articles.

Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Information

This magazine chronicles the arts, environment, sciences and popular culture of the times. It is edited for modern, well-rounded individuals with diverse, general interests.

Sports Illustrated
1271 Avenue of the Americas, Room 307, New York 10020-1393: Time Inc.

Reports and interprets the world of sport, recreation and active leisure. It previews, analyzes and comments upon major games and events, as well as those noteworthy for character and spirit alone.

Technology Review
Cambridge, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Technology Review is aimed for ” not only the cognoscente but the general public.” New developments are covered extensively, with practical and industrial applications emphasized. Feature stories are interesting and varied, from electronic aroma sensors to the popular Palm Pilot. Regular departments write about market developments and innovations from every area of technology.

New York, New York: Time, Inc.

Another of the well-known and widely read U.S. news magazines, Time provides similar U.S. and global news coverage to Newsweek. Indeed, it follows an analogous format – tight, easily read prose supported by excellent color photography.

Vanity Fair
Condé Nast
Monthly-8 To 12 Per Year (Consecutive Months)
Vanity Fair is a magazine of popular culture, fashion, and current affairs published by Condé Nast in the United States.The first version of Vanity Fair was published from 1913 to 1936. The imprint was revived in 1983, and came to include four European editions of the magazine.

Monthly-8 To 12 Per Year (Consecutive Months)
Vogue is an American fashion and lifestyle magazine. It started as a weekly newspaper in 1892 in the United States, before becoming a monthly publication years later.

San Francisco, California: Wired

A computer magazine for the reader who wants information without jargon, Wired is the hit of the 1990s. Whether profiling the people creating the latest technology or the people making use of it, the writing is always equal parts smart, argumentative, and fun. As befits a modern computer periodical, the layout and format are high tech with an imaginative layout and bright colors.