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.

Halloween Extravaganza 2021

Halloween is happening throughout October at the Library!

Stop by to enjoy games and crafts in the Children’s Library and on the Teen Mezzanine. You can also sign up for one of our many Halloween Extravaganza events, including trick-or-treating in the 7th arrondissement on Saturday 30 October. See the web calendar for details and to register.

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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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…

(In-Person) Critical Conversations: 1st Meeting

October 28 @ 19 h 00 min - 20 h 30 min

Critical Conversations We are delighted to announce the second season of Critical Conversations, an expert-led discussion series that will allow Library members to delve deeper into…

Zombie Fashion Show (ages 12–adult)

October 29 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

The American Library in Paris presents: the annual Halloween Extravaganza, with a Zombie Fashion Show on 29 October! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO ATTEND THE SHOW.…

Trick-or-treating (all ages)

October 30 @ 10 h 00 min - 18 h 00 min

The American Library in Paris presents: the annual Halloween Extravaganza, with trick-or-treating in the 7th arrondissment on Saturday 30 October. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER The event…

Halloween Maze (ages 0-12)

October 30 @ 11 h 00 min - 17 h 00 min

The American Library in Paris presents: the annual Halloween Extravaganza, with a Halloween Maze in the Library on Saturday 30 October. Head through our Halloween Maze,…

Costume Contest (all ages) (Virtual/In-person)

October 30 @ 18 h 00 min - 19 h 00 min

The American Library in Paris presents: the annual Halloween Extravaganza, with a virtual costume contest, Halloween trivia, and fun on Saturday 30 October. CLICK HERE TO…

(Online) Who Gets Believed? With Dina Nayeri

November 2 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

Join Evenings with an Author (online) to discuss Who Gets Believed? with author Dina Nayeri Click here to RSVP Join Dina Nayeri, the Library’s Visiting Fellow sponsored by The…

Story Hour: You are Unique (ages 3–5)

November 3 @ 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…

Bad Art Night (ages 12–18)

November 5 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

For ages 12–18 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Talented artists, amateurs, and anyone who just wants to come make a big mess with paint, clay, glitter, decoupage…

Teen Writing Group meeting (ages 12–18) (Full)

November 6 @ 17 h 00 min - 18 h 30 min

For ages 12–18 Join fellow aspiring writers in a relaxed and creative setting where you can share your ideas, get feedback and work on your technique.…

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