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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.

2021 Gala Celebration

What a night! The Library was so proud to welcome Zadie Smith to the 2021 Gala last Thursday at Le Pré Catelan. It was a delight to see the community reunite (in-person!) after so long, and the joy was palpable. A million thanks to all the Library’s friends and supporters who attended.

Left to right: Zadie Smith, Audrey Chapuis, Declan McCavana

photo © Krystal Kenney

Halloween Extravaganza 2021

What a trick-or-treat it was to celebrate Halloween in person this year! We had a ghoulishly good time throughout October. As always, Library staff dressed up in literary-themed attire for the Halloween Extravaganza on 30 October. You can see all the frightening photos on the Library’s Flickr page.

photo © Krystal Kenney

2021 Book Award Ceremony

The Book Award Ceremony will be held in-person on 20 January 2022. The ceremony is an opportunity to recognize all of the books submitted to this year’s prize. And, as the Library’s most significant donor appreciation event, it is a moment for the supporters of the Library celebrate together. Invitations will be sent to Library donors in December. If you haven’t donated this year and you would like to join the hundreds of supporters who have made a contribution in 2021, please use the button below to learn how you can send a gift.

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

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(Hybrid) The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel

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

Join Evenings with an Author (in-person and online*) to discuss The Odyssey of Angela Merkel with Kati Marton and Thomas Chatterton Williams Click here to RSVP for the…

Story Hour: Ocean Tales (ages 3–5)

December 1 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 h 30 min

For ages 3–5 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 3–5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for an interactive Story Hour in a small group!…

(Hybrid) Translating the Nights

December 1 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

Join Evenings with an Author (in person and online*) to discuss Tales from 1001 Nights with translator and poet Yasmine Seale Click here to RSVP for the…

Teen Night: Hot Drink Mix-Off (ages 12–18)

December 3 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

For ages 12–18 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Join us for a hot drink competition and create your own original treat! Make winter-themed drinks with materials at…

Oliver Gee and Lina Nordin Gee reading “Roger the Liger in Paris” (ages 3–9)

December 4 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 00 min

For ages 3–9 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 3–9 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for a reading with author Oliver Gee and illustrator…

Fantasy Book Club: “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” (ages 12–adult)

December 4 @ 14 h 00 min - 15 h 00 min

Join fantasy fans to discuss new worlds and novels with like-minded readers. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. In December, we’ll be reading and discussing Daughter of Smoke…

Master Shot Film Club (ages 12–18)

December 4 @ 17 h 00 min - 18 h 30 min

For ages 12-18. Led by Paris-based filmmaker and writer Clarence Tokley, the purpose of this club is to allow budding filmmakers the opportunity to produce high…

(Online) Entre Nous: Ian Goldin on a Better World

December 6 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

The American Library in Paris, Columbia Global Centers | Paris, and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination are pleased to present Entre Nous. At the intersection of…

(Hybrid) Too Much Noise with Olivier Sibony

December 7 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

Join Evenings with an Author (in person and online*) to discuss Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment with best-selling author Olivier Sibony and Professor of Strategy at HEC Laurence…

Story Hour: Bad Manners (ages 3–5)

December 8 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 h 30 min

For ages 3–5 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 3–5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for an interactive Story Hour in a small group!…

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