Lending for ninety-nine 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, and digital resources. 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 donated by American libraries to United States armed forces 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.

Giving Week at the Library

It’s Giving Week at the Library, and every donation counts. Since its inception, the Library has been sustained by people like you who believe in the power of libraries. Donate to the American Library today and make a difference in other readers’ lives.

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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Rebecca Makkai in conversation with Daniel Levin Becker

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

Please join us for an evening with Rebecca Makkai, who will be speaking with Daniel Levin Becker about her latest critically-acclaimed novel, The Great Believers. Rebecca…

Evenings with an Author: David Chaffetz in conversation with Celestine Bohlen

December 17 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

David Chaffetz read Persian, Turkish and Arabic at Harvard University with Wheeler Thackston, Richard Frye, Anne-Marie Schimmel and Stuart Cary Welch. He worked for the Encyclopedia…

Evenings with an Author: Dana Thomas, Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes

14 January 2020 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

An investigation into the damage wrought by the colossal clothing industry – and the grassroots, high-tech, international movement fighting to reform it by New York Times…

Evenings with an Author: Elaine Sciolino, The Seine: The River That Made Paris

15 January 2020 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Elaine Sciolino is again captivating readers, this time with The Seine: The River That Made Paris, the follow-up to her New York Times best-selling book The…

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

22 January 2020 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

More information coming soon!

An Evening with Dina Nayeri, author of The Ungrateful Refugee

28 January 2020 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

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An Evening with Physicist Emlyn Hughes

29 January 2020 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

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Evenings with an Author: Michael Webber

11 February 2020 @ 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…

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

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Library Chairman’s Q&A

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Cooking and lifestyle magazines for holiday entertaining

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