A pass sanitaire is required for all visitors ages 12+ who wish to enter the Library.
Visitors ages 6+, staff, and volunteers are required to wear masks on the premises.

Library Hours:

Tuesday–Wednesday: 10h00–21h00
Thursday–Friday–Saturday: 10h00–19h00
Sunday: 13h00–19h00 | Monday: Closed

The last hour before closing is self-service only.
Last entry is 30 minutes before closing.

2021 Gala Celebration

What a night! The Library was so proud to welcome Zadie Smith to the 2021 Gala last Thursday at Le Pré Catelan. It was a delight to see the community reunite (in-person!) after so long, and the joy was palpable. A million thanks to all the Library’s friends and supporters who attended.

Left to right: Zadie Smith, Audrey Chapuis, Declan McCavana

Photo by Krystal Kenney.

Pass Sanitaire at the Library

Melvis the Library Dog is ready to scan Pass Sanitaires! Starting on Tuesday 31 August, all adults 18+ must have a Pass to enter the Library, including those accompanying children.

On 30 September, all visitors ages 12+ must show a Pass Sanitaire.

For details, please visit the COVID-19 information page. We thank you for your cooperation.

2021 Book Award Shortlist Announced

Five titles have been selected as finalists for the 2021 American Library in Paris Book Award. They include a novel about a Surrealist artist (Leonora in the Morning Light by Michaela Carter), an epistolary elegy (Letters to Camondo by Edmund de Waal), a biography of an underrecognized figure (Black Spartacus by Sudhir Hazareesingh), a dreamlike story of a racehorse in Paris (Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley), and a multigenerational micro-history (An Infinite History by Emma Rothschild).

The choice of the winning title now is in the hands of an independent jury, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in early 2022. For information about becoming a patron of the Book Award ceremony or questions about the prize: Visit our Book Award page or email bookaward@americanlibraryinparis.org.

All eighty-three of the submissions for the 2021 Book Award are in the Library’s circulating collection and are available for checkout by members.

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Master Shot Film Club (ages 12–18)

October 16 @ 17 h 00 min - 18 h 30 min

For ages 12-18. CLICK HERE TO APPLY Led by Paris-based filmmaker and writer Clarence Tokley, the purpose of this club is to allow budding filmmakers the…

(Online) Torrey Peters on Detransition, Baby

October 19 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

Join Evenings with an Author (online) to discuss Detransition, Baby with author Torrey Peters Click here to RSVP Peters’ electrifying and provocative debut, Detransition, Baby, follows three women…

Story Hour: Witches all Around (ages 3–5)

October 20 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 h 30 min

For ages 3–5 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. 3–5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for an interactive Story Hour outdoors in a small…

(Online) Entre Nous: Joyce Maynard & Joyce Carol Oates

October 20 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

The American Library in Paris, Columbia Global Centers | Paris, and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination are pleased to present Entre Nous. At the intersection of…

Halloween Mask-Making (ages 6–12)

October 23 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 00 min

For ages 6–12 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Meet Children's and Teens' Services Manager Celeste and volunteers in the Children's Library then make your own Halloween mask…

(In-Person) Henry Kissinger: The Diplomat of the Century

October 26 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

Join Evenings with an Author (in-person) to discuss Henry Kissinger: The Diplomat of the Century with diplomat and author Gérard Araud Reserve your free ticket now! Henry Kissinger:…

Story Hour: Halloween Party (ages 3-5) [Virtual]

October 27 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 00 min

For ages 3–5 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. 3–5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for our an interactive virtual Story Hour! This virtual…

Story Hour: Halloween Party (ages 3–5)

October 27 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 h 30 min

For ages 3–5 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. 3–5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for an interactive Story Hour outdoors in a small…

(Online) Lauren Oyler on Fake Accounts

October 27 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

Join Evenings with an Author (online) to discuss Fake Accounts with author Lauren Oyler Click here to RSVP A "sharp, brilliant interrogation of the way we live now,"…

Halloween Toddler Time (ages 1–3)

October 28 @ 11 h 00 min - 11 h 30 min

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. This program features songs, rhymes and stories in English for the very young. Our Toddler Time is for children ages 1-3 and…

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