American Center Bujumbura

The American Center Bujumbura is the research and information service of the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy, The Center provides up-to-date information about the United States, including its policies, its social and political processes, and its people.  Its main aim is to reflect contemporary America to Burundi and the Center’s resources are intended to meet the information needs of university students, government and community leaders, journalists, researchers, academics and other professionals interested in the United States.  Most of our programs are offered in English.

Membership is free and open to the public. Members must be residents in Burundi. Register online for membership at the link below on the screen! Membership is 100% free, and after registering you will be able to attend programs, use the computers and the internet, and borrow books.

You can apply for the membership by completing the online Membership form.

Available Resources

The American Center offers the following resources:

  • a reference collection in French and English of books on economics, history and culture, politics and international relations, literature, science and technology
  • a range of current magazines and periodicals
  • Internet access on five computer work stations
  • American films and documentaries. Visitors may watch videos using the in-house viewing facilities. Group screenings can be arranged upon request.
  • Programs on contemporary topics and special events that provide the American perspective.

On-line access

The American Center has access to a number of electronic databases that provide access to valuable information on eLibraryUSA (PDF 2 MB) through the Internet. eLibraryUSA provides resources for public use to support research activities and access to information: Academic and research, News and Magazines, Information Literacy and Online Safety, Discussion and Debate.

Through the State Department, the American Center has access to major in-house digital resources.  The American Center Staff carry out reference queries for legal, business, government and academic professionals.  Queries are accepted by telephone, e-mail or in person during working hours.

The Department of State Bureau of Information also publishes online journals based on U.S. Government  Programs goals on topics like the economy, democratic governance and the US society and values. If you want to have access eLibraryUSA, please go to one the three American Spaces in Burundi.

Opening Hours

The American Center which is located inside U.S. Embassy Bujumbura is open again to the public. American Center Opening Hours are as follows:

Mondays – Thursdays: 0900 – 1200 and from 1300 -1630, and Fridays : 0900 – 1200.
Week ends and Public Holidays (American and Burundi): CLOSED
Fridays are open for visitors who requested an appointment only.

Call (257) 22 20 7229 or e-mail: to make an appointment at least a day before your visit.

Note: Register online for membership at the address on your screen. Membership is 100% free, and after registering you will be able to attend programs, use the computers and the internet, and borrow books.

The American Center does not handle visa-related issues. Please contact the Embassy’s Consular Section directly for any consular service request or inquiry.