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 99th year of service by donating today.

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Panel Discussion on the Gilets Jaunes, Inequality, and the Future of Politics in France

January 22 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Please join us for a flash panel discussion on the protests and movement of the Gilets Jaunes, inequality in France, and the future of French politics.…

MIT Club de France and INSEAD Energy Club Partner Event

January 23 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Beyond the Energy Chaos: Is there a way out?  Thierry Lepercq CEO and Founder of Sunriver Energies The world of energy is confronted with a triple…

Evenings with an Author: Xiaolu Guo in Conversation with Catherine Olien

January 29 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Join us for a conversation with Xiaolu Guo at the American Library in Paris. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion.   Xiaolu is…

Evenings with an Author: Alan Govenar

January 30 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Anne Morgan: Photography, Philanthropy and Advocacy Between 1918 and 1922, Anne Morgan, the youngest daughter of the financier and banker John Pierpont Morgan, commissioned thousands of…

An Evening with Jacqueline Ngo Mpii, Little Africa Paris

February 6 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Join us for an evening with Jacqueline Ngo Mpii as she introduces her newly released 2nd edition of City Guide- Africa In Paris. Jacqueline will discuss…

Panel Discussion on Race and Identity

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

Join us for a discussion on Race and Identity with Thomas Chatterton Williams, Alexander Hurst, and Lucie Camara, moderated by Seb Emina.   This panel will…

Evenings with an Author: Ana Hosne (partner event with Fulbright France Alumni)

February 13 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

European mapping of and explorations in Tibet (13th - 18th centuries) To many European travelers, cartographers and, in general terms, all curious men eager to receive…

Evenings with an Author: Ann Mah in Conversation with Christian Holthausen

February 19 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

In 2015, food and travel writer Ann Mah visited the Champagne house, AR Lenoble, and volunteered at les vendanges, the annual grape harvest. Her experiences at this…

Panel Discussion on Language Learning with Message Paris

February 20 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

The highs and lows, benefits and pitfalls of language learning as children and adults Co-sponsored event with Message Paris Our world is becoming increasingly multilingual. More…

Evenings with an Author: Susan Ronald

March 13 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

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