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.

What does the Library mean to you?

The Library will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2020. Mark this important moment in our history by sharing your stories and memories about your time as a patron. The Library might’ve been a place where you studied, read, met with friends and colleagues, attended a program, or bonded with like-minded book lovers. Please take a few minutes to fill out the “What the Library means to you” online form. We thank you for your time and thoughts.

Tell us your story 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: Whitney Scharer, The Age of Light

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

Over the course of Lee Miller's fascinating life, she was a model, Surrealist photographer, fashion photographer, war correspondent, and gourmet chef. The Age of Light, Whitney Scharer's debut novel,…

Evenings with an Author: Peter Martin, The Dictionary Wars: The American Fight over the English Language

September 4 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Noah Webster threatened the stability of the English language in America in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His unorthodox and extreme reforms of spelling and…

Panel Discussion: Paris beyond the Périphérique with moderator Mira Kamdar and panelists Mehdi Boughteghmès, Mona Prudhomme, and Nicolas Le Goff

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

Join us for a panel discussion on the topic of the Parisian banlieue (suburbs) with moderator Mira Kamdar and panelists Mehdi Boughteghmès, Mona Prudhomme, and Nicolas…

Evenings with an Author: William Hitchcock, The Age of Eisenhower

September 11 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Please join us for a book talk by William I. Hitchcock, the William W. Corcoran Professor of History at the University of Virginia, and author of…

Evenings with an Author: Tessa Hadley, Late in the Day

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

Tessa Hadley is the author of six highly praised novels, Accidents in the Home, which was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, Everything Will Be…

Evenings with an Author: Ladee Hubbard, The Talented Ribkins

September 18 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Ladee Hubbard will be discussing her novel, The Talented Ribkins. Inspired by W.E.B. Dubois' 1903 essay, "The Talented Tenth," the book tells the story of an African-American family from…

François Quentin on technology and China (A French language event in partnership with MIT Club de France)

September 19 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

The Library is pleased to partner with the MIT Club de France to feature a special presentation with François Quentin on technology and China. (This event…

Evenings with an Author: Dana Czapnik, The Falconer

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

Please join us for an evening with Dana Czapnik, who will speak about her highly-acclaimed debut novel, The Falconer. New York, 1993. Street-smart seventeen-year-old Lucy Adler…

Evenings with an Author: Anissa Bouziane, Dune Song

September 25 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

“I came to the Sahara to be buried.” After witnessing the collapse of the World Trade Center, Jeehan Nathaar leaves her New York life with her…

Writing Workshop with Anissa Bouziane

September 28 @ 14 h 00 min - 16 h 00 min

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