American Center

The American Center Bamako provides information about the United States of America through a multitude of resources:  electronic databases, websites, films, books and periodicals. We focus on information that engages audiences on topics such as democracy, the development of civil society, American art & culture, women’s issues, human rights, leadership, entrepreneurship… If it’s about America, we have it or can find it.

The center also offers the opportunity to Malian English learners to improve and practice their English through interactive programs such as book discussions, conversation clubs, English as a Second Language (ESL) collections and movie screening and discussions. In addition, we provide guidance and advising services to students and young professionals wishing to study in the United States through our EducationUSA office.

The American Center Bamako is an office and facility within the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section. The center runs weekly cultural and educational programs on a variety of topics, such as:

  • Democracy and governance;
  • Human rights;
  • Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment;
  • Education;
  • Climate Change and Environmental Studies;
  • Entrepreneurship;
  • English language instruction and learning;
  • How to study in the United States;
  • Health;
  • Media and information technology;
  • U.S. society and values.

Services provided at the American Center include internet resources, library, and data base access for research, over 2,000 books, English DVDs and books and CDs for TOEFL and SAT test preparation.

All the services at the American Center are free to members.

How to Become a Member?

To become a member of the American Center, you must be attending high school or an equivalent or higher and provide the following documents:

– A recent color passport-sized photo;

– A copy of your valid identity card, NINA or passport;

– A completed and signed application form.

You can drop off all documents at the US Embassy in Hamdallaye ACI 2000 or scan them and send them to the following email address: centreamericainbamako@gmail.com.

You will be contacted within approximately one month by a member of our staff.

Public Affairs staff are available to answer questions about activities at the American Center:

The American Center does not answer questions regarding consular matters.  For consular assistance, please consult the Visas https://ml.usembassy.gov/visas/ and U.S. Citizens Services https://ml.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/ pages on our website.

Note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a RSVP is required before you can visit the Center. To RSVP, please call this number +223 20702432 or 20702418. You can also send us an email at centreamericainbamako@gmail.com one day before your planned day for visit. Only AC patrons will have access to the Center.

Opening Schedule and Times 

Schedule Service
Monday Closed to the Public
Tuesday 13:30 – 16:30 Women’s and Youth Programs
Wednesday Library Services & Programs
Thursday English Programs
Friday Closed to the Public