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 Photo Gallery

The 2019 Gala Dinner took place on 6 June at the Automobile Club de France. 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 photos from the Gala Dinner on the Library’s Flickr album.

What does the Library mean to you?

The Library will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2020. Mark this important moment in our history by sharing your stories and memories about your time as a patron. The Library might’ve been a place where you studied, read, met with friends and colleagues, attended a program, or bonded with like-minded book lovers. Please take a few minutes to fill out the “What the Library means to you” online form. We thank you for your time and thoughts.

Tell us your story 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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Writing Workshop with Visiting Fellow Molly Antopol: “Finding Your Form”

June 22 @ 14 h 00 min - 16 h 00 min

Finding Your Form: Exploring Storytelling through Fiction and Memoir Whether you write fiction or memoir, the techniques of powerful storytelling are similar. In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to choose the form that’s…

Evenings with an Author: Timothy Jay Smith

June 24 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the pivotal event that led to the fall of communism in Eastern Europe: the 1989 victory of Solidarity in…

Evenings with an Author: Gloria J. Browne-Marshall

June 25 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

400 Years of Perseverance: 1619 to 2019 This year marks the 400th anniversary of the African arrival in the Virginia Colony. Commemorations are taking place across…

Evenings with an Actor: Denis O’Hare

June 26 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Details to follow.

Workshop with Susan Tiberghien: From Darkness to Light, The Alchemy of Writing

June 29 @ 14 h 00 min - 16 h 00 min

From Darkness to Light, The Alchemy of Writing "One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is…

Evenings with an Author: Nancy MacLean and Margaret R. Somers on the Current American Political Landscape

July 2 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Nancy MacLean is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, and the award-winning author of several books, including Behind the Mask of…

An Evening with Summer Fellow Rhae Lynn Barnes

July 3 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

“A Dangerous Unselfishness”: A Transatlantic Story of War, Civil Rights, and Amateur Blackface Minstrelsy When the news story broke in the United States that Governor Northam…

Workshop with Leslie-Ann Murray– Finish that story: A generative writing workshop for getting unstuck

July 4 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

About the workshop: Do you have a lot of unfinished short stories? Do you struggle to write the next scene in your story? Do you struggle…

An Evening with Lisa Greenwald, Daughters of 1968

October 16 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Daughters of 1968 is the story of French feminism between 1944 and 1981, when feminism played a central political role in the history of France. The…

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