US Centers illustrate the US commitment to the fundamental principle of democracy: the right of citizens to free access to information. US Centers provide access to reliable US information, linking America to the host country and its citizens, and building bridges of mutual respect and understanding. They are places that provide accurate, timely and adequate information about the United States - history, culture, society and values. They facilitate learning English through access to materials, resources and tools. They promote higher education in the USA through Education USA consulting, which supplies international students with accurate, comprehensive and current information in guidelines related to American colleges and universities. The centers help to increase knowledge and connect with the audience of host countries through cultural and alumni programs where reliable and experienced local speakers can share information about the US and American values.
Maker Spaces are a new type of American space that represents partnerships with established institutions such as libraries or universities. They are important community centers and places where young people use digital tools to explore entrepreneurship, learn English, link art and design to social change, and learn digital creation of an artifact. Users apply what they learned by working on projects such as creating movies, blogs, videos, and more. Sometimes they are called "Fab Labs" (shortened by Fabrication Laboratories) or "Digital Innovation Centers". They encourage the acquisition of media competences in the field of digital music and video, graphic design, game design and application design.