Lending for ninety-eight 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.

Library program videos

Watch and share videos of Library programs including Viet Thanh Nguyen’s talk about refugee writing, Kristin Scott Thomas in conversation with Alan Riding about her acting carer, 2018 Gala speaker Salman Rushdie’s Q&A session with Library staff, Agnès Poirier interviewed by NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley about her book Left Bank: Art, Passion, and the Rebirth of Paris, 1940-50, Wendell Steavenson interviewed by The Atlantic’s Rachel Donadio about her book Paris Metro, Clotilde Dusoulier’s talk about her book Tasting Paris, Sir David Hare’s spirited, entertaining talk about Oscar Wilde, Reza Aslan’s 2014 presentation of his book about the life of Jesus, David Lebovitz’s conversation with Alexander Lobrano, and many more. The full archive is here: www.americanlibraryinparis.org/videos

2018 Halloween Extravaganza Photos

Over 400 people gathered at the Library on Saturday 27 October to celebrate the Library’s annual Halloween Extravaganza!

Tickets were sold in advance for this popular event which sells out each year! The Children’s and Teens’ Services Department took over the whole Library hosting 4 separate events for all ages; a party for ages 0-3, one event for ages 4-7, and another for ages 7+, and a zombie fashion show in the evening for teens and adults. It was a spook-tacular day!

Some photos of the event can be viewed here.

The American Library in Paris has been lending since 1920. Help sustain this vital institution in its 98th year of service by donating today.

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November 21 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

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November 27 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

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Evenings with an Author: Rebekah Peppler in Conversation with Lindsey Tramuta

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

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

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

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

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December 18 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

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