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Compelling programs and activities on a wide range of themes and topics
American Center Ouagadougou

American Center Ouagadougou


American Spaces are open-access learning and gathering places around the world that promote interaction – both in-person and virtual – among local audiences and the United States. More than 600 American Spaces are located in universities, shopping malls, libraries and other public places, as well as on embassy compounds, in more than 140 countries.

In a welcoming American-themed environment, American Spaces deliver compelling programs and activities on a wide range of themes and topics — everything from free internet access to objective news publications to advanced technology to programs on freedom of cultural expression. For example, visitors may find

  • Educational advising for those who want to study in the U.S.
  • Workshops on a range of topics from career skills to English language learning
  • Classes and clubs introducing new technologies, 21st-century digital skills and academic resources
  • Films, discussions and lectures on entrepreneurship, leadership, current events, international affairs and much more
  • Visit one of the American Spaces below to learn more!

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.

American Corner in Burkina Faso

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
Email: americancornerkoudougou@gmail.com

American Library Staff

Library Assistant: Gérémie Yaldia
Tel: (226) 25-49-53-00
(226) 25-49-54-69
Ask a Librarian

  • 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

Library Services

  • 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

The Collection

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

Membership Information

  1. Using an Internet connection, navigate using Google Chrome to the following link: https://forms.gle/ECWesj3MF3cT2d8h9
  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.


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