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.

Join the Library volunteer team

Volunteers are the heart of the American Library in Paris. More than seventy volunteers donate their time and talents at any given time to provide valuable assistance to our staff and patrons of the Library all year round. Our volunteers range in age from young adults to seniors. Work assignments are available weekdays, evenings, and weekends and we ask for a commitment of 4 months. It’s a great way to meet new people and put your talents to excellent use.

If you are interested in joining the Library volunteer team, please check out our website for more information.

Halloween Extravaganza tickets on sale on 1 October

Tickets for our annual Halloween Extravaganza go on sale for Library members on Tuesday 1 October at the Children’s and Teens’ Services Desk of the Library (available anytime during open hours). If tickets remain, they will go on sale for non-members beginning on Tuesday 15 October. Last year all of our events were sold out, so we recommend purchasing your tickets early. Members may purchase an additional two tickets for non-member guests, but the non-member fee applies.

You can see the full program and details about purchasing tickets here, and the flyer for the event is 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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Evenings with an Author: Nancy K. Miller in conversation with Celeste Schenck

October 15 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Nancy K. Miller--memoirist and feminist critic—is author and editor of more than a dozen books, including But Enough About Me: Why We Read Other People’s Lives…

Evenings with an Author: Lisa Greenwald, Daughters of 1968

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

Author Lisa Greenwald will talk about her new book Daughters of 1968, which recounts the story of French feminism between 1944 and 1981, a time when…

A Screening of The Illusionists followed by a conversation with Filmmaker Elena Rossini and Professor Ruchi Anand, moderated by Lindsey Tramuta

October 22

Sex sells. What sells even more? Insecurity. Multi-billion dollar industries saturate our lives with images of unattainable beauty, exporting body hatred from New York to Beirut…

Evenings with an Author: Cara Black, Murder in Bel-Air

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

Cara Black writes the NYTimes bestselling Aimée Leduc investigation series set in the different arrondissements of Paris. She’s received the Medaille de la Ville de Paris…

Evenings with an Author: Tony Perrottet, Secrets of the Cuban Revolution

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

SECRETS OF THE CUBAN REVOLUTION Most people are familiar with the basics of the Cuban Revolution of 1956 to 1959: It was led by two of…

Evenings with an Author: Bob O’Meally

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

Robert G. O’Meally is the Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he has served on the faculty for thirty years.…

Côme Girschig on the youth climate summit (a French-language event in partnership with the MIT Club de France)

November 5 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

The Library is pleased to partner with the MIT Club de France to feature a special presentation with Côme Girschig on the first United Nations youth…

Evenings with an Author: Beowulf Sheehan

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

AUTHOR by Beowulf Sheehan © Beowulf Sheehan is considered to be his generation's foremost literary portrait photographer, having made portraits of the literary luminaries of our…

Evenings with an Author: George Packer

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

George Packer is a staff writer for The Atlantic and a former staff writer for The New Yorker. He is the author, most recently, of Our…

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