American Center Colombo


Grab a seat in our new event space to experience American culture, interact with U.S. diplomats, and learn more about the United States!

Choose from an extensive selection of American movies and documentaries, and sit down to watch them in our comfortable viewing area!

Bring your kids and enjoy our expanded kids’ corner, full of books, videos, and educational activities for even our youngest visitors!

Visit us at the American Center Colombo to learn about American society and engage on issues of importance to both the United States and Sri Lanka.  Our center boasts a reference library with a large collection of print, digital, and online resources where you can explore American culture, society, economics, and politics; practice English; and learn about study in the United States.  You will also find a large meeting space for group events and smaller spaces to study and read.  With a wide variety of books, journals, DVDs, U.S. government publications, English language learning materials, and information on studying in the U.S., there is something for everyone.

The American Center is free and open to the general public and provides timely, reliable, and comparative information on a variety of topics ranging from American politics, culture, history, and economy to international relations and global issues.   

Visit us five days a week except on selected American and Sri Lankan Holidays

Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., closed on Sunday and Monday.

Anyone can use the American Center for free!  The American Center is open to the public to use our reference materials and to explore the collection.  However, members enjoy expanded benefits including borrowing privileges, streamlined access, remote access to online materials, and invitations to American Center events on topics such as EducationUSA, information sessions on U.S. visas, conversation clubs, panel discussions, and film screenings.  Adult residents and children above 5 years of age are eligible for membership at the American Center.

Enrollment fee

– Personal Membership: Rs. 1,000/-

  • Access to eLibraryUSA – a virtual library at your fingertips
  • Computers with internet access
  • Multimedia facilities
  • Large collection of print, digital, and online resources where you can explore information on American culture, society, economics, and politics, practice English, and learn about studying in the United States.

Free programs and classes

  • Makerspace program (electronics, robotics)
  • 3D printing workshop
  • Coding and Web development classes
  • English Language training programs
  • Reading club
  • Conversation Hour
  • Entrepreneurship Incubator
  • Youth leadership and public Speaking program
  • EducationUSA advising sessions
  • U.S. student visas information sessions
  • Guest lectures and panel discussions
  • Movie screenings

The Library Collection of over 4,500 books focuses on U.S. society and culture, with an emphasis on the social sciences.  Books on U.S. government, economy, business, English language, education, history, literature, arts, science and environment are also available.  A collection of over 800 DVDs, including feature films and documentaries, is also available.  More than 20 U.S. periodicals in printed format in a wide range of fields are available in the periodical section.


American magazines and academic journals covering current events, business, science, sports, and popular culture, including:

  • The Atlantic
  • Click
  • English Journal
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Forbes
  • GQ
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Highlights for Children
  • Inc Magazine
  • National Geographic
  • National Geographic Kids
  • The New Yorker
  • People Magazine
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Popular Science
  • Reader’s Digest
  • Time
  • Vanity Fair
  • Wired

American Center invites you and your friends to a Free Film Screening at 3:00 p.m. on every Fridays.

Click here for the movie schedule.

The Kids’ Corner is a collection of books and games for children age 5 to 12.

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent.

Visitors can come in without a prior appointment.  You must provide an original government issued photo-identification (ID) at the entrance to the American Center.

Important Electronic Device Policy:  Visitors to the American Center are welcome to bring their mobile phones, but Bluetooth Technology must be disabled.  Personal laptops, cameras, memory storage devices such as USB thumb drives/pen drives and other electronic/electrical devices are prohibited.