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 with Martin Amis: 6 June

Join the American Library in Paris community for an evening celebrating literature and the Library’s 99 years of service. Your support for the Gala directly contributes to the Library’s vitality and success. 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 invitation to the dinner and the reply card to reserve a sponsor table or individual seats at the dinner. Please check here for more details.

The 2019 Book Award submission deadline is 1 May

The American Library in Paris Book Award recognizes a work in English that deepens and stimulates our understanding of France or the French. The Book Award was launched in 2013 with a generous gift to the Library from the Florence Gould Foundation. The past recipients of the prize reflect the diversity of intellectual and literary output that the Book Award seeks to recognize.

All submission materials for the 2019 Book Award must be received by 1 May 2019. 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: Wolfgang Joensson

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

Photo by Juan Yuste (Madrid/London) Short Bio: Wolfgang Joensson is a South African born German industrial designer and educator. He lives in Paris, France and Corona…

Evenings with an Author: Ann Saul on Camille Pissarro

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

Ann Saul, author of Abstract Pissarro: Planting the Seeds of Abstract Art, explains why this well-loved Impressionist artist was much more than we imagined... Camille Pissarro's early…

Evenings with an Author: Amit Chaudhuri

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

Photo by Richard Lofthouse (University of Oxford)   Please join us for an evening with Amit Chaudhuri, as he speaks about his latest novel, Friend of My…

A Film Screening of Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

May 2 @ 18 h 00 min - 21 h 30 min

The Library is pleased to organize a film screening of Frederick Wiseman's 2017 documentary Ex Libris: The New York Public Library in partnership with Météore Films. Wiseman’s…

Moving Up to Collège/Middle School in partnership with AAWE

May 6 @ 19 h 30 min

Is your child about to start Collège/Middle School in the next few years? Then don’t miss this panel discussion presented in partnership with AAWE and the…

Evenings with an Author: Chris Ames on his nonfiction work, An American (homeless) in Paris

May 7 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Join us for an evening with Chris Ames as he discusses his nonfiction work, An American (homeless) in Paris. By confronting the task of homelessness, he hopes to convey…

Evenings with a Graphic Novelist: Kate Gavino

May 14 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Please join us for an evening with writer and illustrator Kate Gavino as she presents her two recent graphic novels and tells us more about her…

Evenings with an Author: Emilio Manuel Williams, “Dandies, Rebels, Saints and Sinners- More unexpected stories of the 7th Arrondissement”

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

"Dandies, Rebels, Saints and Sinners- More unexpected stories of the 7th Arrondissement" Emilio Williams returns to the American Library in Paris to unearth more surprising stories…

A Special Birthday Gathering– Come Celebrate 99 Years of the American Library!

May 21 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 30 min

In anticipation of our Centennial Celebration in May 2020, we are inviting Library members and the general public to come celebrate 99 years of the American…

A Night at the Movies with Judith Merians: To Kill A Mockingbird

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

A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES with Judith Merians What makes a movie a classic - a universal theme embodied in the perfect cast with the director's…

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