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American Center Hanoi

Welcome to the American Center!

The American Center, part of the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy, is a one-stop source of up-to-date information about all aspects of the United States, its people, and its policies.

The American Center is open to the general public free of charge and welcomes visits by government officials, academics, journalists, students, and others interested in information about the United States.

Important information to know before you visit

Visitors to the American Center must undergo security screening of their personal electronic devices (laptops, cell phones, fitness trackers, etc.). Items which could be used to cut, injure, or damage persons or property will be prohibited. No knives, box cutters, razors, scissors, firearms or flammable liquids are permitted; additional other, potentially dangerous items, may also not be allowed. If you are unclear as to whether an item is permissible, please reach out – we are happy to help! Individuals will be refused entry if they are in possession of a banned item.
Please also note the following:

  • Guests should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to an event to ensure they can get through the screening procedures in time.
  • Consider leaving your unnecessary portable electronics at home to shorten screening time for all guests.
  • Photography is allowed only in limited areas of the American Center. Please ask our staff for help!
  • Visitors must bring an official ID (National ID, driver license, passport, student card or other government-issued identification).
  • Visitors aged 11-14: A student card or passport or birth certificate will be required to enter the AC and must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or older at all times while in the American Center. In addition, visitors under the age of 14 may use AC computers and equipment only under adult strict supervision at all times.
  • Visitors under 11 years old are not allowed (except for some invitation-only events). Please note that most of AC’s programs and library services are not appropriate for visitors under 11 years old.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 13:00 – 19:00
  • Tuesday to Friday: 08:00 – 12:00; 13:00 – 19:00
  • Closed on weekends, American and Vietnamese holidays.

Need help or have questions?


1. Membership:

Please register with us to check out our circulated books and receive our latest program updates. Registering for membership is simple, easy, and free of charge. Register to become an AC member. (AC does not issue membership cards).

2. Public events:
All of the AC’s events are open free of charge to the public. We would like you to plan carefully before registering with us so that we have enough seats for participants. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL EVENTS EXCEPT THOSE NOTED OTHERWISE. Please register at https://bit.ly/ACEventRegistration to attend our public events.
Our regular programs last 90 minutes, and they are not appropriate for children under 11 years old, especially for popular programs with a large crowd. To ensure the quality of our programs, we reserve the right to ask groups to leave.

3. Library services:
Check the online catalog to search for books, DVDs and magazines.
The AC book collection consists of thousands of books of all genres ranging from history, law, politics, arts, economics to soft skills, novels, stories for kids, sports, science, medial, IELTS, TOEFL, SAT and TOEIC books. In addition to these, there are popular magazines and newspapers. You can check the online catalog here.

Register for the book borrowing service.

Patrons may borrow up to 3 books (except Testing Preparation materials) for 14 days. Please visit the American Center and access to eLibraryUSA research databases through computers therein.

4. iPads, Internet access, and CNN wireless headphones:
AC iPads and wireless headphones may be used for educational purposes only and are limited to 2 hours of use. Online games and chatting are prohibited. Turn off and put the wireless headphones back in their designated places after use.

5. Makerspace:
The American Center’s Makerspace is a community area where you can create things, invent, and meet other people with similar interests in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) as long as you’ve registered for membership.
Library patrons can get access to free Makerspace activities, including 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, LEGO Mindstorms, 3D Doodle pens, basic coding kits, and more! We also regularly host a variety of STEAM programs that help you learn basic STEAM concepts.

Please go to the help desk for support if you have any problems, we always have student interns and staff members to support you.