The American Library in Paris was established in 1920 under the auspices of the American Library Association 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. The Library has since grown into the largest English-language lending library on the European continent.
YAFF: Submit now through 1 April
The Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF), the Library's short story writing contest, is accepting applications now through 1 April 2023. YAFF is free of charge and open to all students ages 5–18 who live in France and write in English. The Library offers workshops and resources to help children and teens write and edit their stories.
Annual Gala Dinner: 1 June 2023
We are delighted to announce that acclaimed author Andrew Sean Greer will be this year’s Honoree. The annual Gala celebration will be held at the Automobile Club de France. This event is the Library’s most important fundraiser of the year, and your support directly contributes to the Library’s collection, services, and programs.
Visiting Fellowship: Apply Now
The Library's Visiting Fellowship offers writers, researchers, thinkers, and makers an opportunity to pursue a creative project in Paris for a month or longer, while participating actively in the life of the American Library. The Visiting Fellowship is accepting applications now through 1 April 2023, and is generously supported by The de Groot Foundation.
The American Library in Paris has been lending since 1920. Help sustain this vital institution in its 102nd year of service by donating today.
Events for Adults
(Hybrid) Reimagining Race with Mohsin Hamid
(Online) Returning to East Berlin with Jenny Erpenbeck and Claire Messud
History Tour at the Library
Events for Teens
Events for Children
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American Library in Paris Book Award: Past winners
Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture by Sudhir Hazareesingh
Winner of the 2021 American Library in Paris Book Award
Hate: The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France (and What It Means for Us) by Marc Weitzmann
Winner of the 2019 American Library in Paris Book Award
A Certain Idea of France: The Life of Charles de Gaulle by Julian Jackson
Winner of the 2018 American Library in Paris Book Award
The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Misérables by David Bellos
Winner of the 2017 American Library in Paris Book Award
The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France by Ethan B. Katz
Winner of the 2016 American Library in Paris Book Award
The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered by Laura Auricchio
Winner of the 2015 American Library in Paris Book Award