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.

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

2019 Young Authors Fiction Festival now open

The American Library in Paris is proud to be the organizer of the Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF). YAFF is a creative writing initiative that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and craft of storytelling. YAFF is free of charge and open to all students ages 5-18 in the greater Paris area who write in English.

The deadline to submit a story for YAFF is 1 April 2019 at 22h00. Please check here for more details.

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: American Library in Paris Spring Visiting Fellow Ian Leslie

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

Please join us for an evening with our Spring Visiting Fellow, Ian Leslie.   All of us are born curious, but only some retain the habits…

Evenings with an Author, Michael Peppiatt in Conversation with Brian Spence

March 27 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 30 min

Please join us for an evening with author Michael Peppiatt, who will be in conversation with Brian Spence (Abbey Bookshop) on life, work, art, and love…

Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF) deadline 22h00 (Ages 5-18).

April 1 @ 22 h 00 min

  The deadline for the 2019 Young Authors Fiction Festival is 1 April by 22h00. To enter please follow this link to the Library YAFF page,  where…

Evenings with an Author: Mark Mayer

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

Aerialists collects nine short stories that reimagine classic circus acts as contemporary characters seeking grandeur in their private worlds. The book won the Michener-Copernicus prize and…

Evenings with an Author: Tania Teschke

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

Part cookbook, part travelogue, part photo essay, The Bordeaux Kitchen is an ancestral French cookbook (with wine pairings and an in-depth wine chapter) that celebrates the rich foods and…

Writing Workshop with author Mark Mayer– “Wiggling,” or Fiction as a Way of Thinking

April 6 @ 12 h 00 min - 14 h 00 min

Wiggling, or Fiction as a Way of Thinking “Wiggling” is Mark's name for a technique he has developed for building and revising stories. At it’s heart, it’s…

Evenings with an Author: Stanley Mazaroff

April 9 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

A Paris Life A Baltimore Treasure tells the fascinating story of George Lucas, a young man fluent in French and in love with French art from…

Evenings with an Author: Maxine Gordon in conversation with Jake Lamar

April 10 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Photo by C. Daniel Dawson Sophisticated Giant presents the life and legacy of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923–1990), one of the major innovators of modern jazz. In…

Evenings with an Author: Tash Aw and Édouard Louis

April 15 @ 19 h 30 min

This Library is pleased to welcome writers Tash Aw and Édouard Louis as they interview each other on their forthcoming books: We, The Survivors (Aw) and…

Word for Word: Anniversary! Stories by Tobias Wolff and George Saunders

April 17 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Word for Word celebrates its 25th season with a new production "Anniversary! Stories by Tobias Wolff and George Saunders" featuring Wolff’s "Deep Kiss" and Saunders’ "Victory…

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