Building the Future, Reader by Reader

To celebrate our 100th anniverary, we’re thrilled to announce an expansion of the Children’s and Teens’ Library. The Library will expand into an adjacent space and increase its total footprint by 70 mon the ground floor and mezzanine. In the upgraded Children’s and Teens’ Library, there will be dedicated spaces for each age range and ample space for our most popular events. The Teen Mezzanine will double in size. In addition, we will also be building an additional conference room on the mezzanine that can be used for book groups, teen workshops, and group study.

This expansion is the capstone of Project 100, the Library’s ongoing centennial capital campaign, which has raised close to 800,000 € thanks to our dedicated supporters and Board of Trustees. As part of Project 100, we will also be refreshing the print collection, improving technological infrastructure, and strengthening the endowment.

Stay tuned for updates about the plans and construction timeline. Contact Development Manager Morgan Wurzburger ( with questions about donating to the Library.

Lending for 100 years


The American Library in Paris 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. 100 years later we are the largest English-language lending library on the European continent.

The Library’s 4,000 members represent 60 countries and 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.

Please join us in 2020 as we celebrate our past and build our future.

If you would like to know more about our history, please visit our interactive timeline.

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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A Public Panel on the “Bookstagram” Phenomenon with Four Local Bookstagrammers

January 22 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Please join us for a public panel on the "bookstagram" phenomenon. We will be hosting four Paris-based bookstagrammers for the occasion: moderator Anne-Pauline (@apireading) and panelists…

Dina Nayeri in conversation with Stuart Reid on her book, “The Ungrateful Refugee”

January 28 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Please join us for an evening with Dina Nayeri, who will be in conversation with Stuart Reid about her most recent work, The Ungrateful Refugee.  …

An Evening with Physicist Emlyn Hughes, “More Radioactive than Chernobyl”

January 29 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

More Radioactive than Chernobyl   In the 1940s and 1950s, the United States tested sixty-seven nuclear weapons in the Marshall Islands, including the detonation of the…

Library After Dark (ticketed fundraising event)– POSTPONED

February 3 @ 20 h 00 min - 23 h 55 min

This event has been postponed--we will update this page soon with a new date and more event details. Thank you for your understanding.   Food, drink,…

Evenings with an Author: Katherine Ewing

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

Sufis embody the mystical side of Islam but are also part of well-established institutional networks—the Sufi orders that extend across the Muslim world. Through the words,…

Black ou Noir(e): A Public Panel on Black Expats and Belonging in Paris

February 5 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Picking up the thread from the Library's February 2019 panel on mixed race and identity, this public panel, moderated by Tarani Merriweather and featuring discussants Jacqueline…

Evenings with an Author: Michael Webber

February 11 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

A global tour of energy–the builder of human civilization and also its greatest threat. Energy is humanity’s single most important resource. In fact, as energy expert…

Marc Weitzmann in conversation with Rachel Donadio

February 25 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Details to follow

A Public Panel on French Strike Culture

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

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Evenings with an Author: Roger Lipsey

March 11 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

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YAFF 2019 – 5th Grade/ CM2 First Place – “Do you really need a voice to be happy?” by Maria Giulia Larcinese

Below is the wonderful story by Maria Giulia Larcinese, that won 1st place for 5th Grade/ CM2 in the 2019 Young Authors Fiction Festival. We will […]

Library Chairman’s Q&A

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Cooking and lifestyle magazines for holiday entertaining

The holidays are just around the corner and that means lots of cooking and entertaining. The Library has an excellent selection of cooking and lifestyle magazines […]

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