The American Library in Paris was established in 1920 under the auspices of the American Library Association 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. The Library has since grown into the largest English-language lending library on the European continent.
History Tours at the Library
Learn about our WWI origins; discover the innovations brought to France by American librarians in the 1920s; hear the true stories of the heroic librarians who kept the Library open during WWII; be amongst the first to know about our recent sleuthing in the archives and beyond.
Click for the schedule and sign up for a free tour.
Annual Gala Dinner: 1 June 2023
We were delighted to honor acclaimed author Andrew Sean Greer at the Library's 2023 Gala Dinner on 1 June. The annual Gala celebration was held at the Automobile Club de France. This annual event is the Library’s most important fundraiser of the year, and your support directly contributes to the Library’s collection, services, and programs.
Spring 2023 Fellows
Welcome to writer Adrienne Raphel (left) and philosopher Kate Kirkpatrick (right), the Library's spring 2023 Visiting Fellows. Click below to find out more about the Fellowship, and read e-Libris to sign up for programming featuring these two exceptional authors. The Visiting Fellowship is generously supported by The de Groot Foundation.
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Events for Adults
History Tour at the Library
An Evening of Poetry with Adrienne Raphel and Megan Fernandes
Events for Teens
Events for Children
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American Library in Paris Book Award: Past winners
Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture by Sudhir Hazareesingh
Winner of the 2021 American Library in Paris Book Award
Hate: The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France (and What It Means for Us) by Marc Weitzmann
Winner of the 2019 American Library in Paris Book Award
A Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle by Julian Jackson
Winner of the 2018 American Library in Paris Book Award
The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos
Winner of the 2017 American Library in Paris Book Award
The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France by Ethan B. Katz
Winner of the 2016 American Library in Paris Book Award
The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered by Laura Auricchio
Winner of the 2015 American Library in Paris Book Award