American Library

vAmerican Space Ouagadougou

The American Library is one of the U.S. Embassy’s American Spaces in Burkina Faso. It was established 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 foster goodwill and mutual understanding.

  • Library membership
  • Book lending program
  • On-site study and research space
  • 12-work station computer lab
  • Smart Board for courses, trainings, webinars
  • English Conversation Hour: two times per week led by native English speakers
  • Bibliographies; Webographies
  • Trainings, demonstrations on Internet use & research techniques
  • Ask a librarian: Questions about the USA? Find your answers here
  • More than 6,000 titles on a multitude of subjects— 50% French, 50% 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
  • 35 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 through Thursday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM; members only
  • Tuesday 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM; only time open to non members
  • Friday: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM; members only

The American Library is closed during American and Burkinabe holidays.

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

  • Registration forms are available at the U.S. Embassy.
  • Fill in the form and return it with a photocopy of your ID card or passport.
  • On the Tuesday of the week following the day you deposited your form and ID, you must come to the library between 14:00 and 15:30.
  • At this time, your membership card will be made for you on site.
  • Your membership card allows you to check out 2 books for 2 weeks, use the computer lab, print up to 6 pages, and participate in various programs.

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

  • Amina
  • Atlantic, The
  • Black Enterprise
  • Discover
  • Ebony
  • Economist, The
  • English Teaching Forum
  • Entrepreneur
  • Essence
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Governing
  • Harper’s Bazar
  • Jeune Afrique
  • National Geographic
  • Newsweek
  • New Yorker, The
  • Oprah Magazine, The
  • People Magazine
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Prevention
  • Rolling Stone
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Time
  • Week, The
  • Wired