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Resource Center and Library

ATF continued its efforts to develop its Resource Center and Library by investing in new collections of books relevant to the nature of its programs and activities, and by taking inventory of existing collections and classifying them according to subject. The majority of books were electronically indexed to facilitate research and use of the center. The library now holds 3,800 books, 1,300 documents, 150 video tapes, and hundreds of pictures and maps.

The process of developing ATF’s Resource Center continued throughout the reporting period. An electronic database has been established to organize and classify the Center’s contents. This will not only facilitate better documentation and safekeeping, but will also help researchers and beneficiaries to better use the facility. Work has been underway to link this database with ATF’s web site to facilitate electronic access to users.

Additionally, the process of developing ATF’s web site has continued throughout the reporting period. The site has been announced on various search engines. We welcome your feedback. The site’s address is In addition, newspapers are received on a daily basis and available to readers and researchers. Acquisitions, particularly those that fit the nature of ATF projects and interests, are regularly added to the library through a computerized classification system that makes the collection easier to access. In the year 2004, approximately 200 titles were added to the Library. The Library is open to the public during business hours and by special appointment in the evenings and on weekends. The ATF Library is an important resource for ATF staff members involved in ATF projects as well as for students, journalists and researchers from both the local and international community.

The ATF Website

The ATF Website was recently updated to include more recent projects and publications.

In the meantime, the site provides:
- Extensive overview of the ATF mission, objectives, programmes and publications.
- Arabic full version of the English page
- Access to Palestine offer qualitative and quantitative information to viewers and researchers.

The unit is open to users Monday to Thursday from 9:00-3:00

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