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, 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.

2019 Gala Dinner with Martin Amis: 6 June

Join the American Library in Paris community for an evening celebrating literature and the Library’s ninety-nine years of service. Your support for the Gala directly contributes to the Library’s vitality and success. This year’s honoree and keynote speaker is renowned novelist, essayist, and cultural commentator Martin Amis. As the author of fourteen novels, several collections of short stories, two screenplays, and eight collections of nonfiction, Amis has established himself as one of the great writers of our time.

You may view the invitation to the dinner and the reply card to reserve a sponsor table or individual seats at the dinner. Please check here for more details.

Celebrate ninety-nine years of the Library

Join us for a gathering on Tuesday 21 May at 19h30 to honor ninety-nine years of Library history. Travel decade by decade through a display of archival materials highlighting our legacy, collections, community, and events from 1920 to the present. Share your stories and memories with our videographer for a special centennial testimonial video to be released next year. This special fundraising event is an opportunity to learn more about Project 100, our centennial campaign to fund new spaces and programs that are important to you. Come and socialize with the Library community, enjoy light refreshments, and hear remarks from Director Audrey Chapuis.

This is a ticketed fundraising event, please RSVP here.

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 Night at the Movies with Judith Merians: To Kill A Mockingbird

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

A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES with Judith Merians What makes a movie a classic - a universal theme embodied in the perfect cast with the director's…

A Film Screening with Xiaolu Guo– UFO In Her Eyes

May 23 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Please join us for a screening of author and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo's UFO In Her Eyes. Xiaolu will join us for this event and will take questions…

Visual Storytelling Workshop with Judith Merians: “Stories for the screen”

May 25 @ 14 h 00 min - 16 h 00 min

The Yellow Brick Road, the music in Jaws, the clothes in The Devil Wears Prada, the song in Casablanca, the survivors at the end of Shindler’s…

Evenings with an Author: Michelle Kuo in conversation with Catherine Olien

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

Photo by Jasmine Cowen Michelle Kuo is a writer, lawyer, and professor. Reading with Patrick, her first book, was runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize…

Evenings with an Author: Translators Connie Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier

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

Constance and Sheila both attended Douglass College (Rutgers University) in the 1960s and have been friends and working partners ever since. With degrees in linguistics, they…

Evenings with an Author: Ottessa Moshfegh

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

On Tuesday 4 June, the American Library in Paris will welcome author Ottessa Moshfegh, speaking on her latest novel My Year of Rest and Relaxation. Of the…

Evenings with an Author: Kristen Roupenian in Conversation with Mark Mayer

June 7 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Photo by Elisa Roupenian Kristen Roupenian graduated from Barnard College and holds a PhD in English from Harvard and an MFA in Fiction from the Helen Zell…

2019 Annual General Meeting

June 11 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

All members of the American Library in Paris are invited to the Annual General Meeting of the American Library in Paris, Inc., a membership corporation organized…

A Panel on International/Transnational Feminism

June 12 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Details to follow!

Workshop with April Eberhardt, “The Changing Face of Publishing: What All Authors Need to Know”

June 13 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

THE CHANGING FACE OF PUBLISHING: WHAT ALL AUTHORS NEED TO KNOW In this illuminating workshop, Literary Change Agent and author advocate April Eberhardt examines the state…

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