A pass sanitaire is required for all visitors ages 18+.
Visitors ages 6+, staff, and volunteers are required to wear masks on the premises.

Library Hours:

Tuesday–Wednesday: 10h00–21h00
Thursday–Friday–Saturday: 10h00–19h00
Sunday: 13h00–19h00 | Monday: Closed

The last hour before closing is self-service only.
Last entry is 30 minutes before closing.

Lettres d'Amérique

Register now for the next event in the Library’s new program series and discover a major new voice in American literature.

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Monday, 27 September

Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s inventive debut collection of short stories, Friday Black, reflects a grim portrait of American individualism run wild. Adjei-Brenyah casts his suffering male protagonists into dystopian futures, where they confront consumerism, racial injustice, and financial hardship in twelve unflinching tales.

Launched in cooperation with The US Embassy and Festival America, Lettres d’Amérique will explore issues at the heart of contemporary America: race, immigration, citizenship, historical trauma, addiction, and gun violence. The range of this year’s speakers is as rich as it is diverse.

All events are virtual and will begin at 19h30 CET / 13h30 EST / 10h30 PST and run for 75 minutes. The audience will have the option of watching in either French or English; all events will be simultaneously translated from English into French.

Learn more on the Lettres webpage.

Pass Sanitaire at the Library

Melvis the Library Dog is ready to scan Pass Sanitaires! Starting on Tuesday 31 August, all adults 18+ must have a Pass to enter the Library, including those accompanying children.

On 30 September, all visitors ages 12+ must show a Pass Sanitaire.

For details, please visit the COVID-19 information page. We thank you for your cooperation.

2021 Book Award Shortlist Announced

Five titles have been selected as finalists for the 2021 American Library in Paris Book Award. They include a novel about a Surrealist artist (Leonora in the Morning Light by Michaela Carter), an epistolary elegy (Letters to Camondo by Edmund de Waal), a biography of an underrecognized figure (Black Spartacus by Sudhir Hazareesingh), a dreamlike story of a racehorse in Paris (Perestroika in Paris by Jane Smiley), and a multigenerational micro-history (An Infinite History by Emma Rothschild).

The choice of the winning title now is in the hands of an independent jury, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in early 2022. For information about becoming a patron of the Book Award ceremony or questions about the prize: Visit our Book Award page or email bookaward@americanlibraryinparis.org.

All eighty-three of the submissions for the 2021 Book Award are in the Library’s circulating collection and are available for checkout by members.

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: Summer Turns to Fall (ages 3–5) [Virtual]

September 22 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 00 min

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

Story Hour: Summer Turns to Fall (ages 3–5)

September 22 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 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 an interactive Story Hour outdoors in a small…

Teen Night: The Art of the Short Story (ages 12–18)

September 24 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

Work on your craft in a fun, creative atmosphere with other young writers CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Novels, and short stories are distinct art forms. Together,…

Looking at Art with Stephen T. Johnson (ages 6–12) [Virtual]

September 25 @ 15 h 00 min - 16 h 00 min

for ages 6–12 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Join us for a virtual presentation and art workshop with artist, author, and illustrator Stephen T. Johnson. Stephen will…

Master Shot Film Club meeting (ages 12–18)

September 25 @ 17 h 00 min - 18 h 30 min

For ages 12-18. CLICK HERE TO APPLY Led by Paris-based filmmaker and writer Clarence Tokley, the purpose of this club is to allow budding filmmakers the…

Research Skills Scavenger Hunt (ages 12–18)

September 26 @ 14 h 00 min - 17 h 00 min

For ages 12–18 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Meet Children's and Teens' Services Librarian Kirsty in the Children's Library to get started and find out a few…

Lettres d’Amérique: Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah in conversation with Kierstan Kaushal-Carter

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

This September 2021, the American Library in Paris invites you to discover the new voices in American literature. A virtual series, Lettres d’Amérique (6–27 September) will…

Story Hour: Fairy Tales & Fables (ages 3–5)

September 29 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 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 an interactive Story Hour outdoors in a small…

Toddler Time (ages 1–3)

September 30 @ 11 h 00 min - 11 h 30 min

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. This program features songs, rhymes and stories in English for the very young. Our Toddler Time is for children ages 1-3 and…

Deadline to apply: Master Shot Film Club (ages 12–18)

September 30 @ 22 h 00 min

For ages 12-18. CLICK HERE TO APPLY Aspiring filmmakers, writers and actors are invited to join the Master Shot Film Club at the Library. Led by…

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