American Center

American Center Ouagadougou
American Center Ouagadougou

The American Center (library) is one of the U. S. Embassy’s American Spaces in Burkina Faso. It serves as a research, information, and engagement space to strengthen relationships with host country communities, showcase American culture and values, promote English language learning, encourage study in the United States, and privilege constructive dialogue among Burkinabe and between Americans and Burkinabe on priority issues of shared interest.

  • Library membership
  • Book lending program
  • On-site study and research space
  • free Internet access
  • Smart Board for courses, trainings, webinars
  • English Conversation Hour – weekly
  • Fridays reserved to adult professionals
  • Bibliographies
  • Webographies
  • Trainings
  • Demonstrations on Internet use and research techniques
  • Ask a librarian: Questions about the USA? Find your answers here
  • More than 6,000 titles on a multitude of subjects— 60% French, 40% English

Literature | Human & Social Sciences | Economics, Finance | Business Management | Human Resources | Chemistry | Biochemistry | Physics Mathematics | Medicine | English Grammar | Phonetics Phonology | Linguistics

  • 208 titles for university professors in American literature, culture, and civilization
  • 44 periodicals
  • U.S. Department of State Electronic Journals are accessible in print or digital form
  • DVDs—feature films & documentaries
  • Audio CDs for learning English
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday 8:30-15:00 – Open to adult and university student members
  • Tuesday 15:00-16:30 – Issuing cards to new members
  • Wednesday 8:30-16:00 – Open to adult and university student members
  • Thursday 8:30-16:00 – Open to adult and university student members
  • Thursday 12:00-16:00 – Open to primary and secondary student members
  • Friday 8:30-12:00 – Open to adult professional members

The American Library is closed during American and Burkinabe holidays.

Secteur 53, Ouaga 2000
Avenue Sembène Ousmane
Phone: (226) 25-49-53-00

  1. Using an Internet connection, navigate using Google Chrome to the following link:
  2. Fill in completely the application form you find there and submit.
  3. Someone on the American Center staff will contact you with an appointment date and time to come to the U. S. Embassy to make your new card.
  4. Come to the U. S. Embassy on the date and at the time indicated by library staff who contact you.  Please bring along your national ID card or passport and also a PHOTOCOPY of this document.
  5. If you are already a library member with an old and/or expired card, please bring that card with you to the appointment.

American Corners are spaces that provide access to recent and reliable information about the United States of America through books, the Internet, and local programs for the public. Established as a partnership between the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of the United States of America and host institutions, American Corners serve as outposts of information, similar to public libraries where books, periodicals, and multimedia resources are available. American Corners are also spaces of discussion and engagement. Reading rooms and meeting facilities are available to accommodate programs and activities such as English clubs, book clubs, film shows, workshops, meetings, training, and exhibitions.

Information on the U.S. Embassy-Ouagadougou’s American Corner:

American Corner-Koudougou

Université Norbert Zongo, Koudougou

Director: Mr. Harouna Sawadogo

Tel. +226 25-44-10-48

Facebook account: @americancornerkoudougou




Monday                      Closed

Tuesday                     8:00 AM to 4:00 PM; members only

Wednesday               8:00 AM to 4:00 PM; members only

Thursday                   8:00 AM to 4:00 PM; members and non members

Friday                         8:00 AM to 4:00 PM; members only

  • American Scholar
  • Amina
  • Atlantic, The
  • Diabetes Forecast
  • Discover
  • Economist, The
  • English Teaching Forum
  • Entrepreneur
  • Essence
  • Food & Wine Magazine
  • Frankie
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Governing
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Harper’s Bazar
  • High Five
  • In Style Magazine
  • Jeune Afrique
  • Kiplinger Magazine
  • KidYz Mag
  • Maximum PC
  • Money Magazine
  • National Geographic
  • Naturally Curious
  • Newsweek
  • New Yorker, The
  • Oprah Magazine, The
  • Parents Magazine
  • People Magazine
  • Ploughshares
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Popular science
  • Prevention
  • Rolling Stone
  • Scholastic Teacher Magazine
  • Scientific American
  • Selection
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Taste of Home
  • Travel + Leisure
  • Time
  • Vanity Fair
  • Week, The
  • Wired