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 RCI    in America

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Established in 1969 as the Romanian Library, the Romanian Cultural Institute (RCI) in North America is one of Romania’s oldest cultural diplomacy vehicles. The transformation from a library to a cultural center and, since 2004, a cultural institute has marked almost five decades of development and periodic reinvention.


Endowed with a versatile institutional identity, the RCI is at once a curator, promoter, producer of artistic and cultural events, resource center and learning hub, which act in synergy to showcase the diversity and vibrancy of Romanian artistic, cultural and academic scene and to galvanize the Romanian-American cultural relations at all levels. While based in New York City, the RCI aspires to a Pan-American presence as our projects cover the whole of the United States and major cultural centers in Canada.


The RCI also acts as the principle artistic agency for Romanian artists in the United States and beyond. A networking specialist, it works to establish thriving, ever-expanding partnerships among Romanian and American cultural organizations, public or independent.


The RCI in North America is placed under the common heading of The Romanian Cultural Institute (the Bucharest HQ) and Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is part of the 18-strong network of similar organizations scattered on four continents.


Our Institute has been a member of the New York cluster of EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture) since 2007. We held the Presidency of EUNIC New York twice, in 2010/11 and 2020/21. 

Office Hours

Our office is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm.


With around 10.000 publications - fiction, poetry, essay, history, textbooks, dictionaries and many more - our Library is the biggest collection of Romanian titles in the New York area.

Learn Romanian 

Currently we are able to offer well-crafted and affordable online courses tailored for a smooth initiation into basic Romanian.


Join us and become a part of our stimulating and career-boosting internship program. Send us your CV and drop us a motivation letter.

Our Events in Photos

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