Lapse in U.S. Government Appropriations
The Federal Government of the United States of America is currently in a Lapse of Appropriations period.
Scheduled passport and visas services, and emergency services for U.S. citizens, will continue at the U.S. Embassy Hanoi and our Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits.
The American Centers and EducationUSA advising offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will be closed to the public during the lapse in appropriations. All schedule programs are also postponed until further notice.
We will not update this account until full operations resume, with the exception of urgent safety and security information.
Please visit travel.state.gov for updates.
Welcome to the American Center. Located at a commercial building of District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, our center provides up-to-date information to Vietnamese audiences on the United States, its people and its policies. Our subjects include American society, politics and government, economics and trade, foreign affairs and defense, education and the culture, as well as global concerns such as narcotics, environmental issues and social issues.
The Center regularly hosts a wide variety of events and long-distance online courses.
Staffed by professional documentation and reference specialists and equipped with modern information retrieval technologies, we provide free Internet and access to high value on-line databases.
The American Center is open to the public free of charge. We welcome visits by government officials, academics, journalists, students, and other groups interested in information about the United States. Please note that children under 15 are not allowed, except for special events.
Monday to Friday: from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (No lunch break)
Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, American and Vietnamese holidays.
You can register in person at the American Center, your library card will be issued within 15 minutes and, you can pick it up at the registration desk before you leave. If you register online at here, you can come pick up your card the next business day. You can also call 3520-4629 to check on your card status.
American Center’s Products and Services
The American Center (AC) has reference books in many subject areas including:
- General Reference Books
- United State Reference Books
- U.S. history
- U.S. government and foreign policy
- U.S. economics and trade
- U.S geography and tourism
- Arts, science, technology, environment, health
- U.S. literature
- U.S. culture
Please visit American Center’s online catalog.
English Learning Materials
The AC has a wide variety of books, CDs and other English learning and teaching materials for students of all ages.
The American Center has many books and resources about U.S. universities, colleges, courses of study, scholarships and testing preparation materials (TOEFL, SAT, GMAT, GRE). For more information about EducationUSA services, please click here.
We offer 56 magazines and newspapers at the American Center for reference. These periodicals cover all aspects of American life including: Art in America, Bloomberg, Business Week, English Teaching Professional, Newsweek, Readers Digest, Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, Foreign Policy, American Heritage, Seventeen, Sport Illustrated, and more.
The American Center’s book collections are circulated to patrons. Please read our circulation rules.
The American Center has a collection of CD/DVDs, including American documentary films, American movies, educational collection series, English study series and more.
The American Center often organizes programs for the general public free of charge (ID is required for entry). American Center’s programs include film screenings, U.S. speaker programs, exhibitions & fairs, book discussions English clubs, MOOC camps. Public events are announced on this webpage or on Facebook.
Are you interested in partnering with The American Center? Here are some ways that you can get involved.