American Spaces

American Spaces exemplify the U.S. commitment to a core tenet of democracy: the citizen’s right to free access to information. With over 800 Spaces worldwide, American Spaces provide access to the latest in-depth information about the United States, connecting Americans and host citizens in engaging discussions on U.S. policy, society, and values.

Spaces for Conversations
Hosted in embassies, schools, libraries, and other partner institutions worldwide, American Spaces provide welcoming environments where foreign visitors can connect and learn about the United States. U.S. experts, U.S. government officials, and other Americans engage visitors on U.S. policy and society. Alumni gather to share experiences and reconnect with America.

Spaces for Information
American Spaces are platforms for teaching skills and providing information. Visitors can find answers to questions about the U.S. and issues of global concern. They can connect to the U.S. on sensitive but important issues – such as HIV/AIDS and human trafficking – through digital programs. Poster shows and other exhibits illustrate the diversity of American society. State Department-managed databases, publications, videos, photos, and speakers are key resources.

Spaces for Engagement
A multifunctional platform for public diplomacy programs, American Spaces promote open dialogue, counteract negative preconceptions, and build bridges of understanding. Often located outside of capital cities, they introduce the U.S. to residents who have limited exposure to American culture and ideals. Foreign Service Officers speak to local audiences, and a field-based Information Resource Officer corps provides professional guidance to host institutions, identifies appropriate information resources, and trains both embassy and local staff on current methods to reach out to their audiences.

American Corners: Bringing America’s Message to the World
American Corners are dedicated information spaces hosted in schools, libraries, and other partner institutions worldwide.  These partnerships help introduce visitors to the true story of the United States by providing a multifunctional platform for public diplomacy programs and offering access to print, multimedia, and other materials.  The American Corners help maintain open dialogue, counteract negative preconceptions, and build bridges of understanding.  They represent the nation’s long-standing commitment to spread the ideas and values of American democracy and civil society.

American Corners in Zambia
Zambia has two American Corners located in Kitwe and Lusaka.  Our partnerships in Zambia are in universities and public libraries throughout the country.  They provide access to print, multimedia, and other English language materials.  Our partnerships in Zambia can be found at the following locations:

  • The American Corner at the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA).
  • The American Corner at the Copperbelt University, Kitwe.