Lending for ninety-nine years

The American Library in Paris is the largest English-language lending library on the European continent. The Library’s 4,000 members representing 60 countries enjoy access to 100,000 books, current and historical periodicals, and digital resources. Its signature programming includes children’s and teen activities, evening speakers, and book groups—all in a newly-renovated space near the Eiffel Tower.

The Library was established in 1920 under the auspices of the American Library Association and the Library of Congress with a core collection donated by American libraries to United States armed forces serving their allies in World War I. It operates as a non-profit cultural association in France and is incorporated under the laws of Delaware.

Join the Library team

The Library is looking for a full-time Communications and Outreach Manager to join our dedicated team of bibliophiles. Interested applicants should carefully review the position description and send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to openings@americanlibraryinparis.org.

The 2019 Book Award goes to Marc Weitzmann

Congratulations to Marc Weitzmann, the seventh winner of the American Library in Paris Book Award, for his thought-provoking examination, Hate: The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France (and What It Means for Us). The jury, comprised of Pamela Druckerman, Thomas Chatterton Williams, and chaired by Alice Kaplan lauded the book: “Marc Weitzmann blends memoir, scholarship and reportage to create a powerful nonfiction study of anti-Semitism in France today. A photo gallery of the event can be viewed on the Library’s Flickr.

The American Library in Paris has been lending since 1920. Help sustain this vital institution in its 99th year of service by donating today.

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Panel on Expat Community, Life, and Experience with Janaki Challa, Linda Brimm, Nicole Tamer, and Janet Hulstrand

November 13 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

This panel will feature a conversation about the existential complexities of an international life and a global disposition. Panelists will discuss the narratives of belonging/not belonging,…

Discussion and Playreading with an Author: Hilary Kaiser, “French Brides, American Warriors”

November 15 @ 14 h 00 min - 16 h 00 min

In honor of Veterans Day, author and ALP member Hilary Kaiser invites you to a play reading and discussion of her one-act play "French Brides, American…

Evenings with an Author: Thomas Chatterton Williams in conversation with Lauren Collins

November 19 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

A meditation on race and identity from one of our most provocative cultural critics. A reckoning with the way we choose to see and define ourselves, Self-Portrait…

Evenings with an Author: George Packer in conversation with Thomas Chatterton Williams

November 21 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

George Packer is a staff writer for The Atlantic and a former staff writer for The New Yorker. He is the author, most recently, of Our…

Evenings with an Author: Susan Harlan, “Souvenirs of Paris”

November 26 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

What would Paris be without its souvenirs? Snow globes, keychains, and fridge magnets seem to be everywhere. We often think of souvenirs as worthless junk, but…

Discussions with an Author: Mary Fleming, The Art of Regret

November 29 @ 14 h 00 min - 16 h 00 min

Mary Fleming will be reading from her recently published novel The Art of Regret (She Writes Press) and discussing it with literary agent April Eberhardt, followed…

Creative Nonfiction Workshop with Susan Harlan: Writing Personal Essays and Memoir

November 30 @ 14 h 00 min - 16 h 00 min

Creative Nonfiction Workshop with Susan Harlan: Writing Personal Essays and Memoir What are personal essays and memoir, and why do we write them? This workshop will…

An Evening with Francesca Zambello, Artistic & General Director of the Glimmerglass Festival

December 3 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 30 min

During her evening at the Library, Francesca Zambello, acclaimed director and Artistic & General Director of The Glimmerglass Festival, will offer a glimpse into the upcoming…

A Panel with Will Cox and others on Artists of this Generation in Paris

December 4 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

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Evenings with an Author: Craig Carlson

December 10 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Craig was the last person you’d expect to open an American diner in Paris. He’s not a cook nor has he ever owned his own business…

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