American Cultural Center and American Corners in Mozambique

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Purpose

The Center was opened in 1984 to provide a place for exchange of information on the U.S. as well as to strengthen Mozambican-American cultural links. Our Information Resource Center (IRC), the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, was established in January 1993 and seeks to provide books for loan related to the United States, literature by American authors and an extensive collection of popular and professional magazines and serials for consultation at the IRC. Members are offered free access to the Internet via the IRCs computers; prior registration for 60-minute time slots is requested.

The IRC is open to the general public, Monday, to Thursday, 0900 – 1700 and Friday 0900 – 1100. We also serve out-of-town queries sent by fax, e-mail or letter.

Membership

Membership is open to all residents of Mozambique who are 18 years of age or older. Applicants will be asked to complete a form, agree to comply with library regulations and present official identification (registration card, passport, or school registration card). Upon receipt of their membership card, IRC members can use the IRC and borrow books. Cards are valid for two years. Members are asked to notify the librarian immediately if a card is lost or their address changes. Members are not permitted to allow others to use their library cards.

Reference Service

Trained staff are available during library hours to answer questions and assist in selecting materials. Please feel free to ask for assistance.

The library can assist academic, government or business researchers in obtaining detailed information from the United States such as copies of speeches and reports, details of legislation and articles from periodicals which are not available in Maputo. Researchers are asked to place their requests well in advance of the date information is needed.

Periodicals

The library receives a number of magazines and newspapers for the reference. Periodicals include news magazines and specialty magazines dealing with art, music, culture, foreign affairs, business, education and sports.

Books

Up to three books may be borrowed for a period of two weeks. Books may be renewed for an additional period of two weeks provided they have not been requested by another patron.

Books and materials currently on loan may be reserved at the loans desk. A notice will be sent to members making such requests as soon as the material is available.

Location and Events:

Our American Cultural Center is located in Maputo on the corner of Mao Tse Tung and Kim Il Sung.

The Information Resource Center in the ACC offers more than 4,000 books in English, as well as magazines, journals, and newspapers. We also have more than 200 DVDs in our video collection, which are available to watch at the ACC.  Trained staff are available during library hours to answer questions and assist in selecting materials.  The IRC on average receives about 250 visitors a week and serves 150 regular members.

The American Cultural Center also offers public programs such as English club, TOEFL training, debate club, film club, and Special Events (PDF 136 KB). The American Cultural Center  is open to the public from Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 17:00 and on Friday from 09:00 to 11:00. The American Cultural Center also offers free internet access to visitors.  About 25,000 people participate in about 600 programs a year at the ACC.

We sponsor an American Corner in Beira located at Universidade Pedagógica – CEDECA.  The Rosa Park American Corner was recently renovated and is located at Rua Mouzinho de Albuquerque 1288.  It features 550 books and offers English club, debate club and other events such as Black History Month and women’s history month celebrations. The Corner is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 17:00. English Club for kids sessions are also conducted on Saturdays from 9:00 to 1100.  The Corner also offers free internet access to visitors.  About 7,000 people visit our Corner in Beira for 100 programs a year.

We sponsor an American Corner in Chimoio at the Universidade Católica.  The corner features about 450 books related to American studies. The Corner, also known as Thurgood Marshall American Corner, also offers public programs  such as English club and debate club. Special sessions such as Chess Club, English Club for kids and Guitar classes are conducted on Saturdays. The Corner also offers free internet access to visitors.  About 2,500 people visit our Corner in Chimoio for about 100 programs a year.

In 2016 we inaugurated an American Reading room in Nampula in partnership with Universidade Lúrio.  Located at the University’s main campus it is open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00 and offers a space for reading, debate club and English club sessions. The American Reading Room has about 200 books and also offers free internet access to visitors.