We will be closed on Thursday 13 May for the Ascension holiday, and will reopen on Friday 14 May at 10h.

Current Library hours: Tue–Wed: 10h–19h | Thurs 10h–21h | Fri-Sat: 10h–19h | Sun: 13h–19h | Mon: Closed

Limited study space is available. Please respect a distance of 2 meters between yourself and others while on the premises.
The last hour before closing is self-service only.
Last entry is 30 minutes before closing.

Young Authors Fiction Festival 2021

Congratulations to all the young writers who submitted their stories to the Young Authors Fiction Festival 2021.

We received over 800 submissions by the 1 April deadline. Our 100 volunteer YAFF judges are now hard at work reviewing the entries. Results will be sent to all participants by the end of May.  

YAFF is a writing initiative that aims to strengthen community among young English speakers through the art and craft of storytelling. The Festival is free to enter and open to all students ages 5-18 in the greater Paris area who write in English. Judges select the top five stories in each grade, which are then published in our Celebration Booklets.

See the website for more information.

Evenings with an Author, sponsored by GRoW @ Annenberg

The Library is proud to announce that GRoW @ Annenberg is the official sponsor of our Evenings with an Author series.

This generous sponsorship allows the Library to continue providing readings, lectures, panels, and other literary events free to the public for the next five years. For information on upcoming Evenings, please scroll down the homepage or visit the website calendar.

To be notified of the latest programming, please subscribe to our newsletter, e-Libris.

2020 Book Award Winner: Maggie Paxson for The Plateau

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of the 2020 American Library in Paris Book Award. Congratulations to Maggie Paxson for The Plateau. Paxson’s book is described by the Book Award jury as “a work of moral imagination, literary skill, depth, breadth, and passion [that] explores a small pocket of rural Southwest France, the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon, whose community took in Jewish refugees from the 1930s through the Holocaust and which today houses one of France’s few centers for asylum seekers.” To watch the Book Award ceremony and hear Paxson’s moving and timely acceptance speech, check out the Library’s YouTube channel.

The Book Award ceremony is the Library’s most significant donor appreciation event of the year. If you haven’t donated this year and you would like to join the hundreds of supporters who have made a contribution in 2020, please use the donate button on this page.

The Book Award is supported by generous funding from the Florence Gould Foundation.

The American Library in Paris has been lending since 1920. Help sustain this vital institution in its 100th year of service by donating today.

Upcoming Events

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Story Hour: Silly Stories (ages 3–5) [Virtual Event, Library members only; RSVP Required]

May 12 @ 10 h 30 min - 11 h 30 min
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One event on 12 May 2021 at 14 h 30 min

For ages 3–5 CLICK HERE TO RSVP. 3–5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for our weekly interactive Wednesday Story Hour! This virtual…

Story Hour: Silly Stories (ages 3–5) [Virtual Event, Library members only; RSVP Required]

May 12 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 h 30 min
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One event on 12 May 2021 at 14 h 30 min

For ages 3–5 CLICK HERE TO RSVP. 3–5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for our weekly interactive Wednesday Story Hour! This virtual…

Dhonielle Clayton on writing (ages 12-18) [Virtual Event, Library members only; RSVP Required]

May 14 @ 19 h 00 min - 20 h 00 min

For ages 12–18   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Join us for a virtual event with author Dhonielle Clayton as she discusses her work, and her writing…

A Parisian Scavenger Hunt with Katelyn Aronson, author of Piglette (ages 3-9) [Virtual Event, Library members only; RSVP Required]

May 15 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 00 min

For ages 3–9 CLICK HERE TO RSVP 3–9 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for a reading with author Katelyn Aronson as she…

Fantasy Book Club: Shadow and Bone (ages 12–Adult) [Virtual Event, Library members only; RSVP Required]

May 22 @ 16 h 00 min - 17 h 00 min

Join fantasy fans to discuss new worlds and novels with like-minded readers.   Click here to register. Join us (virtually) for an animated discussion each month…

Master Shot Film Club (ages 12–18) [VIRTUAL; RSVP REQUIRED]

May 22 @ 17 h 00 min - 18 h 30 min

For ages 12–18   Aspiring filmmakers, writers and actors are invited to join the Master Shot Film Club at the Library. Led by Paris-based filmmaker and…

Applications open: Teen Writing Group 2021-2022 (ages 12-18) [Library members]

May 28 @ 10 h 00 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…

Applications open: Teen Advisory Group 2021-2022 (ages 12-18) [Library members]

May 28 @ 10 h 00 min

Open to Library members ages 12-18   Provide valuable feedback and earn community service hours!     Provide feedback and earn community service hours by joining…

A Conversation with Elana K. Arnold (ages 8–18) [Virtual Event, Library members only; RSVP Required]

June 5 @ 18 h 00 min - 19 h 00 min

For ages 8–18 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Join us for a virtual event with award-winning author Elana K. Arnold as she discusses her work, her inspiration,…

Young Authors Fiction Festival Events [VIRTUAL – RSVP Required]

June 11 @ 18 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

YAFF 2021 Celebration Events This year’s celebration events will be held virtually via online platform Zoom on Friday 11 June 2021. For each event 1st – 5th  winners in…

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