Daegu American Corner, on the ground floor of the Daegu Metropolitan Jungang Library, boasts a wealth of American books and media, maps and travel resources, film screenings, guest speakers, and educational programs that are free to the Daegu community. Fortunately, you don't need a special interest in the United States to enjoy the many resources at this under-utilized nook of Daegu's library.
There are three American Corners throughout Korea, at libraries in Daegu, Gwangju, and Busan. Each is jointly sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and the library it occupies. The mission of each American Corner is to promote mutual understanding between the United States and South Korea, and offer resources and programs that support cultural exchange. Daegu American Corner opened in March 2004.
There are many ways people can use Daegu American corner, whether you are Korean or foreign, a teacher, a parent, have travel or study plans in the United States, you want to improve your English, or you are simply an avid reader looking for quality materials for free. Among the more than 2,800 volumes are books for children; textbooks and English learning materials; college admissions resources; travel materials; current popular magazines (such as Time, National Geographic, etc.), and popular fiction and non-fiction for adults. There are also about 600 DVDs; 60 CD-rom databases; e-book readers and iPads that are loaded with books, and can be borrowed on-site. New materials are always coming in.
Visiting speakers, film screenings, and English-language programs are just a few of the free regular offerings of the American Corner. There is even a Multi-cultural Room, just to the left as you enter the American Corner. In this room, you'll find books published in a few other Asian countries, in their native languages (Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Chinese, for example). Daegu American Corner is a great find if you are looking for a quiet, friendly atmosphere to browse high-quality reading and viewing materials. It's a wonderful place to take a break with a good book or magazine.
Directions to the library from the subway: Take Line 2 to Kyungbook National University Hospital stop. Go out Exit 1, and double back along Dongdeok-ro. Walk about 6 minutes towards the hospital (it will be on your right) until you reach the Bank of Korea. Turn left, and continue walking another 2 minutes; you will see the library, which is a brick and white building. Enter the library and turn right after the Information counter.
To find out more details about this resource and its upcoming programs, see the contact information below.
Daegu Metropolitan Jungang Library
대구광역시 중구 문화길 28 (동인동 2가 42번지) 우) 41939
Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat-Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Phone: +53 23 12046
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ACDaegu/