American Corners

American Spaces exemplify the U.S. commitment to a core tenet of democracy: the citizen’s right to free access to information. The spaces provide welcoming environments where visitors can connect and learn about the United States.

American Spaces promote open dialogue and build bridges of understanding. The spaces connect Americans and host citizens in engaging discussions on U.S. policy, society and values. Hosted in embassies, schools, libraries, and other partner institutions, American Spaces are platforms for providing information through five core program types:

  • English language learning
  • Educational advising
  • Alumni activities
  • Cultural programs
  • Information about the United States

Spaces located outside of capital cities are often called American Corners, and serve as venues to meet with local residents who have limited exposure to American culture and ideals. An American Corner is:

  • Partnership between Public Affairs section of the U.S. Embassy and a host institution
  • Serve as information outposts similar to a public library reference service with books, DVDs, magazines, computers and online databases
  • Provide access to current and reliable information about the U.S.
  • Access to the collection is free and open to all interested citizens of the host country
  • Reading or meeting rooms are made available to host programs and activities
  • Host institution personnel staff the space

Currently, the U.S. Embassy Namibia supports three American Corners in the country.

Walvis Bay Public Library (Next to the Walvis Bay Civic Center)
Nangolo Mbumba Drive
Walvis Bay
Corner Coordinator: Ms. Cheryl Fortuin
Land Line: +264 64 201 3260/ +264 64 201 3337
Cell: +264 81 388 3902

Keetmanshoop Public Library
Hampie Plichta Street
Corner Coordinator: Ms. Ningeninawa Shiimi
Land Line: +264 63 22 7022
Cell: +264 81 335 4084

Sam Nujoma Multi-Purpose Centre (Next to the Ongwediva Town Council)
Libertina Amadhila Street
Land Line: +264 65 23 1287
Corner Coordinator: Mr. Tulipohamba Kaanduka
Cell: +264 81 448 4438