Lending for ninety-eight 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, 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.

Library program videos

Watch and share videos of Library programs including Viet Thanh Nguyen’s talk about refugee writing, Kristin Scott Thomas in conversation with Alan Riding about her acting carer, 2018 Gala speaker Salman Rushdie’s Q&A session with Library staff, Agnès Poirier interviewed by NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley about her book Left Bank: Art, Passion, and the Rebirth of Paris, 1940-50, Wendell Steavenson interviewed by The Atlantic’s Rachel Donadio about her book Paris Metro, Clotilde Dusoulier’s talk about her book Tasting Paris, Sir David Hare’s spirited, entertaining talk about Oscar Wilde, Reza Aslan’s 2014 presentation of his book about the life of Jesus, David Lebovitz’s conversation with Alexander Lobrano, and many more. The full archive is here: www.americanlibraryinparis.org/videos

2018 Annual Gala Photos

Over 270 guests gathered at The Westin Paris Vendôme to support the Library and celebrate literature with Salman Rushdie at the Annual Gala. Photos of the historic event can be viewed here.

The Gala is the Library’s most significant fundraising initiative of the year, generating important revenue that ensures the institution’s continued vitality and growth.

The American Library in Paris has been lending since 1920. Help sustain this vital institution in its 98th year of service by donating today.

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Evenings with An Author: Sophie Pedder, Revolution Française: Emmanuel Macron and the Quest to Reinvent a Nation

October 23 @ 19 h 30 min

At a time when the forces of populism and nationalism are threatening the liberal order, France stands as a test case of whether the democratic centre…

Evenings with an Author: Laura Spinney, Pale Rider: the Spanish flu of 1918 and how it changed the world

October 24 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

The 1918 “Spanish” flu pandemic defeated the best medical minds of the time and the best historical ones ever since. Fiendishly difficult to categorise, it was…

Evenings with An Author: Brian Van Reet

November 14 @ 19 h 30 min

Van Reet's talk, "The Red and the Blue," will consider the state of post-9-11 war writing in a politically divided America. He will attempt to categorize…

Evenings with An Author: Bryan Pirolli

November 20 @ 19 h 30 min

Travel Journalism: Informing Tourists in the Digital Age invites readers — both scholars and aspiring journalists — to engage with the questions surrounding the travel journalism…

Evenings with an Author: Stephen Clarke in Conversation with Brian Spence (Abbey Bookshop)

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

Stephen Clarke will be discussing his latest history book, The French Revolution & What Went Wrong. Like all his history books, it debunks the received view of…

Evenings with an Author: Rebekah Peppler in Conversation with Lindsey Tramuta

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

For the French, the fleeting interlude between a long workday and the evening meal to come is not meant to be hectic or crazed. Instead, that…

Teen Advisory Group (ages 12-18) (By RSVP) (FULL)

December 7 @ 17 h 00 min - 18 h 30 min

For ages 12-18.   Provide valuable feedback and earn community service hours!     Provide feedback and earn community service hours by joining the Teen Advisory…

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