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American Spaces
Compelling programs and activities on a wide range of themes and topics


American Spaces are open-access learning and gathering places around the world that promote interaction – both in-person and virtual – among local audiences and the United States. More than 600 American Spaces are located in universities, shopping malls, libraries and other public places, as well as on embassy compounds, in more than 140 countries.

In a welcoming American-themed environment, American Spaces deliver compelling programs and activities on a wide range of themes and topics — everything from free internet access to objective news publications to advanced technology to programs on freedom of cultural expression. For example, visitors may find

  • Educational advising for those who want to study in the U.S.
  • Workshops on a range of topics from career skills to English language learning
  • Classes and clubs introducing new technologies, 21st-century digital skills and academic resources
  • Films, discussions and lectures on entrepreneurship, leadership, current events, international affairs and much more
  • Visit one of the American Spaces below to learn more!

American Resource Center closed on June 7, 2020

American Resource Center lopettaa toimintansa 7.6.2020. Yhdysvaltain suurlähetystö kiittää Helsingin yliopiston kirjastoa ja kaikkia asiakkaita hyvästä yhteistyöstä vuosien varrelta.


American Resource Center closed on June 7, 2020. The U.S. Embassy thanks the Helsinki University Library and all customers for their close cooperation over the years.

The ARC was originally founded in 1946 and for decades it was managed by the United States Information Service (USIS).

Starting in 1993, the ARC operated under a partnership arrangement (MOU) with the University of Helsinki allowing the ARC separate facility status within the Helsinki University.

The partnership arrangement between the Embassy and University was renewed for the last time in June 2015 for the duration of five years.

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) at the Embassy of the United States, Helsinki implemented an organizational change in May 2019.  Consequently, the Embassy is not able to continue providing staffing for the ARC at the Helsinki University Library. 

The Embassy would like to emphasize that we appreciate our partnership with the University of Helsinki and the University Library for these many years.  Our collaboration with the Library has been excellent, and we look forward to close cooperation between the University and the Embassy in the future.

More information:

Public Affairs Section
U.S. Embassy Finland
Tel. 09-616 250 (switchboard)