Lending for ninety-eight years

The American Library in Paris is the largest English-language lending library on the European continent. The Library’s 3,000 members representing 60 countries enjoy access to 100,000 books, current and historical periodicals, audio-visual materials, plus extensive reference and research resources in paper and electronic form. 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 of books and periodicals donated by American libraries to United States armed forces personnel 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.

Greetings from the Director

Welcome to the Library!  This is a warm, welcoming place to devour
books, exchange ideas, and encourage the next generation of readers.  Come to an evening program when world-class writers talk literature or politics, or pass by some afternoon when youngsters listen in rapt attention to our storytellers.  You’ll see what a wonderful place the Library is.  Join our community.  Join the Library.
                                                        Jeff Hawkins

2018 Annual Gala Dinner

An evening with Salman Rushdie
8 June | Reservations open now

The American Library in Paris is thrilled to announce Salman Rushdie will headline our 2018 Annual Gala Dinner.  Come be part of this sparkling evening of literature and gastronomie with one of the most notable, and controversial, authors in the English language.  Your support for the gala directly contributes to the future of our Library. Make reservations now at: gala@americanlibraryinparis.org.

The American Library in Paris has been lending since 1920. Help sustain this vital institution in its 97th year of service by donating today.

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Voter Registration Drive for U.S. Citizens

March 10 @ 12 h 00 min - 18 h 00 min

The Library is pleased to have AARO (Association of American Residents Abroad) hold a voter registration drive for our members who are U.S. citizens. This is…

Film Screening: Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

March 10 @ 14 h 00 min - 16 h 00 min

The Library is pleased to collaborate with Message for a screening of the documentary Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, which explores the impact of the…

Evenings with an Author: Adam Plowright, The French Exception: Emmanuel Macron – The Extraordinary Rise and Risk

March 14 @ 19 h 30 min

AFP journalist Adam Plowright presents his book The French Exception: Emmanuel Macron – The Extraordinary Rise and Risk, the first in English about the French president. More…

Evenings with an Author: Kwame Alexander

March 21 @ 19 h 30 min

Join us for an evening in discussion with award-winning author Kwame Alexander.             Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New…

Evenings with an Author: Natalie Moore, The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation

March 27 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Natalie Moore presents her book The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, in which she explores the contemporary segregated reality in the third…

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