Chennai’s American Centre to re-open for visitors after long Covid break

The American Centre on the premises of US Consulate General’s office in Chennai which holds the highest collection of materials on American studies in South Asia will be reopened for public from March 7, after being closed since March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, visitors will be allowed only on an appointment basis and will have to book their slots in advance.

The Centre will be open Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Visitors above 15 years of age and who are fully vaccinated are allowed entry to American Centre from March 7 onwards. All visitors are requested to follow security regulations and produce a valid photo identification at the consulate’s Cathedral Road entrance.

Masks are compulsory during the visit and only cell phones can be deposited at the security counter.

US Consul General in Chennai, Judith Ravin said: “We are happy to welcome the patrons and public back to the American Centre. We’ve missed you! The American Centre is a landmark in the city and has welcomed visitors for more than 74 years. Whether you come to check out one of our nearly 16000 books, watch a DVD, attend a programme, or inquire about US higher education, we look forward to seeing you again.”


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