In some 400 locations around the world U.S. embassies and local institutions have joined together to create small libraries where visitors can go to find information about the United States. Typically the embassy provides funding, programs, training, computer equipment, and other support while the local partner supplies a space, personnel, collection maintenance, and other basic services. We call these libraries “American Corners,” a name chosen for them in Russia where the first such partnerships emerged in the spring of 2000. There are American Corners in every region of the world, usually situated far from the capital city in each country. Every year several million people visit an American Corner, where they find books, magazines, music, and electronic databases with accurate information about the USA. Corners also offer an ever-changing array of programs with speakers, films, workshops, and classes.
The first American Corner in Qatar was opened in Qatar University Library in 2007. It was housed in the newly opened Library building on the men’s floor where all were welcome to visit and experience America first hand. This corner has since been downgraded to a shelf.