American Corners and American Shelves

The goal of the American Corners is to bring the true story of the U.S. to the people of Taiwan,counteracting negative perceptions, maintaining an open dialogue, and building bridges of understanding. Currently, there are 470 American Corners in operation and underway; 162 in Europe and Eurasia, 60 in East Asia, 95 in Africa, 80 in South and Central Asia, 42 in the Middle East, and 31 in Latin America.

In order to reach diverse audiences in northern, central and southern Taiwan, the American Institute in Taiwan and local partners jointly sponsor the Taipei American Corner, the Taichung American Corner, the Kaohsiung American Corner, Mobile American Corner and American Innovation Center. Extensive programs are conducted at our American Corners including student educational advising, lectures on American culture, book discussions, story-telling programs, poster shows, etc. All American Corners have wireless internet access. Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung Corners are equipped with Kindle readers which each hold approximately 60 e-books.

American Corners are partnerships with host institutions. They provide access to current and reliable information about the U.S. via book collections, the Internet, and through local programming to the general public. Sponsored jointly with a host country organization, an American Corner serves as an information outpost similar to a public library reference service. The multimedia, book and e-book collections are open and accessible. Associated reading or meeting rooms are made available to host program events and activities (i.e. author readings, films, speaker programs, workshops, meetings, and exhibits).

Jointly established by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taiwan Design Center, the American Innovation Center (AIC) in Taiwan is the first of its kind in Asia.
The Center seeks to promote digital learning and distribute the latest information about innovation, as well as share current trends in innovation and the diverse cultures in the United States. To accomplish these purposes, four major themes — innovation, entrepreneurship, digitalization, and culture and design — were developed by the Center to provide the public, independent designers and students with
the most relevant, up-to-date information and curriculum. We hope this will inspire people to think outside the box and become participants in the digital economy, and, eventually, make the Center a new innovation model for Asia. Synchronized with the American Corners around the world, the AIC provides
books, E-books, DVDs and online database related to the subjects of U.S. culture and society, art and design, innovation and entrepreneurship, English teaching, travel and digital learning. It is also equipped with Computer workstations (PC/-MAC), 3D scanners and printers, multimedia devices and video conferencing equipment.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 13:00-17:00
Add: No. 133, Guangfu S. Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City (Songshan Cultural and Creative Park)
Tel: +886-(02)-2745-8199, ext. 678
Email: twait@tdc.org.tw
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/twaic

The Taipei American Space at the main branch of the Taipei Public Library system was open in January 2011 and was upgraded to become an American Corner in 2012. The Taipei American Corner consists of e-books, audio-visual materials and over 1000 English books. In addition to the Kindles, this corner is also equipped with DVC equipment, touch screen PCs and iPads. Visitors to the Taipei American Corner can also access the Chinese version of InfoUSA e-books by using touch screen PCs.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 8:30-21:00, Sunday & Monday 9:00-17:00
Add: 3F, No.125, Sec. 2, Jianquo S. Rd., Taipei (Taipei Public Library-Main Library)
Tel: (02)2707-1008

In May 2005, AIT inaugurated the American Corner at the National Library of Public Information in Taichung. In June 2012, the Taichung American Corner moved to a new building with its host institution. The Taichung American Corner consists of
e-books, audio-visual materials and over 3,500 English books. This corner is also equipped with DVC equipment, iPads, Kindle e-readers, and touch screen PCs that provide the Chinese version of InfoUSA e-books.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00-21:00.
Add: 3F, No. 100, Wuquan S. Rd., South Dist., Taichung (National Library of Public Information)
Tel: 04-2262-5100#1366

The AIT funded Kaohsiung American Shelf was opened in 2008 and, due to its popularity, was officially upgraded to a Corner in September 2009. The Kaohsiung American Corner, in collaboration with Kaohsiung Public Library Heti Branch, provides users with e-books on touch screen PC and Kindles, audio-visual materials and over 800 English books.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00~21:00
Add: No. 1, Yucheng Road, Sanmin District, Kaohsiung (Kaohsiung Public Library-Heti Branch)
Tel: 07-341-2537

In order to reach out to previously un-tapped remote area audiences in Taiwan, AIT partnered with the CommonWealth Magazine Education Foundation to establish a Mobile American Corner in 2013 providing extensive print and digital resources on a truck which will circulate to rarely visited areas of Taiwan. In addition to a special youth-oriented American collection, there Mobile Corner also has iPads, touch screen PCs, and a 60” TV. The digital video conferencing equipment allows students in remote areas to connect with students in the United States or other cities, and the ebooks on the touch screen PCs and iPads will provide an interactive environment for English learning and reading. The Mobile American Corner provides an innovative platform for outreach to young people and the general public throughout Taiwan, allowing AIT and our partners to expand our reach and touch even more people.

If you would like to invite the Mobile American Corner to your school, please write to taipei@mail.ait.org.tw.

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American Shelves are similar in function but smaller in scale than the American Corners. They are partnerships between the American Institute in Taiwan and local institutions for the purpose of providing library materials for understanding American society and culture. In addition, they offer programs when possible. The American Shelves are in Yilan, Tainan, Taoyuan, Matsu, Kaohsiung as well as Pintung.

If you have any questions in regard of American Shelves, please write to taipei@mail.ait.org.tw