American Center Chennai

Welcome to the American Center in Chennai

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai welcomes you to the American Center!  Since its establishment in 1947, the Center (formerly known as the American Library) has played a special role in the relationship between the people of the United States and South India.  So many people across the region have shared their memories of the American Center with us – how it inspired, informed, and challenged them.  Renovated in 2015, the Center promises to continue that tradition for a new generation of South Indians and welcome back our old friends.  Just as the U.S.-India partnership has risen to new levels, the American Center is also evolving.  With a event space, video viewing coves, online kiosks and much more, the Center has moved into the 21st century.

The American Center organizes a wide range of interactive programs.  There’s a little something for everyone, whether it’s English language workshops, entrepreneurial guidance, networking with U.S. higher education institutions, discussions on U.S. culture and policy, music, films, and an occasional standup comedy show, etc.  The American Center is a platform for South Indians and Americans from all walks of life to come together to engage on issues of common and global interest.

The American Center includes more than 15,000 books.  In addition to our collections in the social sciences, business, management, and American literature, the Center provides information on the United States, its democratic institutions, history, and politics. Our dedicated staff provide a wide range of resources and services, offering accurate and up-to-date information on American governmental and non-governmental institutions, policies, the economy, global issues, institutions, society, culture, literature, history and contemporary life.

American Center admission is free and open to the general public. Fees for other services apply.

Rediscover the American Center in Chennai!  We look forward to seeing you soon!

American Center Access Instructions:
Visitors to the American Center must bring valid original Photo Identification (ID) to the Consulate General’s Cathedral Road entrance. Acceptable photo IDs include passports, driver’s licenses, voter ID cards, PAN cards, Aadhaar cards, and government employer or college/university issued IDs. Please bring original IDs.  Photocopies will not be accepted. All electronic devices must be deposited with our security staff before entering the building. Please note that there is no vehicle/two-wheeler parking available at the Consulate.

Location and Hours

The American Center  

U.S. Consulate General, Chennai
220, Anna Salai
Chennai 600 006

Center Director: 044-2857 4017

Circulation/Membership Desk: 044-2857 4223/4041/4321
Email: chennaicirdesk@state.gov

Reference Desk: 044 – 2857 4089/4017/4324
Email: chennairefdesk@state.gov

Hours: Monday-Friday 9.30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.