The Library reopens for browsing, checkout, and returns on Tuesday 1 December at 10h00.

Hours, Tuesday 1 December until 23 December:

Tue–Wed: 10h–19h. Thur: 10h–21h.
Fri–Sat: 10h–19h. Sun: 13h–19h. Mon: Closed.
The Library's annual holiday closure is from 24 December through 1 January.

Masks are required for everyone aged 6+.

Staff will monitor the number of visitors onsite; please be prepared to wait to access high-demand collections.

Some areas may be off limits due to construction. Please ask if you need help retrieving a book.

Curbside lending will be phased out once we have reopened. Appointments already scheduled will be honored. If you would like to check out books but have health concerns and cannot come to the Library, please email info@americanlibraryinparis.org or give us a call during our regular business hours: 01.53.59.12.60. We will do our utmost to accommodate your needs.

All programs continue virtually for the present time.

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Consider a Gift

One hundred years ago, generous donations from readers in France and abroad made the American Library in Paris possible. In 2020, in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Library continues to serve its community: Curbside lending gives members access to our print collections, and e-resources and virtual programs are forging a new, digital culture of discovery and resilience.

Amidst all the current challenges, the Library continues to look forward. We can’t wait for the imminent unveiling of the Library’s expansion and the start of our next century of service.

Donations are essential to our ability to maintain services and build our future through difficult times. If you are able to support the Library, please consider making a gift today.

Book Award Shortlist Announced

Six titles have been selected as finalists for the 2020 American Library in Paris Book Award. Seventy-one titles were submitted for consideration by authors, publishers, and others across the English-speaking world. All submissions for the 2020 Book Award are in the Library’s circulating collection, available for checkout by members.

The choice of the winning title is now in the hands of an independent jury: Rachel Donadio, Ethan Katz (chair), and Jake Lamar.  The winner of the $5,000 prize will be announced in November, and an invitation-only ceremony is planned for January 2021. The Book Award is supported by generous funding from the Florence Gould Foundation.

Evenings with an Author, sponsored by GRoW @ Annenberg

The Library is proud to announce that GRoW @ Annenberg is the official sponsor of our Evenings with an Author series.

Announced during our Century Gala, this generous sponsorship will allow the Library to continue providing readings, lectures, panels, and other literary events free to the public for the next five years. For information on upcoming Evenings, please scroll down the homepage or visit the website calendar.

To be notified of the latest programming, please subscribe to our newsletter, e-Libris.

The American Library in Paris has been lending since 1920. Help sustain this vital institution in its 100th year of service by donating today.

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Spectacular Scots (ages 6-12) [VIRTUAL— BY RSVP]

November 28 @ 11 h 00 min - 12 h 00 min

For ages 6-12   Join Children's and Teen's Librarian Kirsty for stories and facts about Scottish men and women who have changed the world. Did you…

Thanksgiving Bake and Book Talk (ages 6-12) [VIRTUAL–BY RSVP]

November 28 @ 15 h 00 min - 16 h 00 min

Join us for a special virtual event to connect, and share, and discuss our favorite reads.   To foster discussion among our community of young readers,…

Story Hour (ages 3-5) [VIRTUAL—RSVP REQUIRED]

December 2 @ 10 h 30 min - 11 h 30 min
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One event on 2 December 2020 at 14 h 30 min

For ages 3-5 3-5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for our weekly Interactive Wednesday Story Hour! This virtual program lasts 45 minutes…

Story Hour (ages 3-5) [VIRTUAL—RSVP REQUIRED]

December 2 @ 14 h 30 min - 15 h 30 min
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One event on 2 December 2020 at 14 h 30 min

For ages 3-5 3-5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for our weekly Interactive Wednesday Story Hour! This virtual program lasts 45 minutes…

Writing Workshop with Mamta Chaudhry [Virtual Event, Library members only, RSVP Required]

December 3 @ 19 h 00 min - 20 h 30 min

*Covid-19 Update: This winter, the Library’s programs will continue to meet virtually, via Zoom. Please check eLibris or our programs calendar for updates and line-up. This event is limited…

Friday Firesides [Virtual Event, Members-only, RSVP Required]

December 4 @ 17 h 00 min - 18 h 00 min
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An event every week that begins at 17 h 00 min on Friday, repeating until 4 December 2020

FRIDAY FIRESIDES Sign up here! We’re delighted to bring you a new, virtual opportunity to connect with fellow readers in the Library community. “Friday Firesides,” a…

Monster Dance: a reading and Q&A with Eva Lou and Denis O’Hare (ages 3+) [VIRTUAL]

December 5 @ 14 h 00 min - 15 h 00 min

For children ages 3+ their families   Enjoy a reading of Monster Dance by Denis O'Hare, then stay for a Q&A with another of the book's…

Teen Writing Group Meeting (ages 12-18) [VIRTUAL—FULL]

December 5 @ 17 h 00 min - 18 h 30 min

For ages 12-18   Join fellow aspiring writers in a relaxed and creative setting where you can share your ideas, get feedback and work on your…

Evenings with an Author: Maurice Samuels [Virtual Public Event; RSVP Required]

December 8 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

*Covid-19 Update: This winter, the Library’s Evening with an Author series will continue to meet virtually, via Zoom. These events, which are free and open to the…

Story Hour (ages 3-5) [VIRTUAL—RSVP REQUIRED]

December 9 @ 10 h 30 min - 11 h 30 min
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One event on 9 December 2020 at 14 h 30 min

For ages 3-5 3-5 year-olds and their grown-ups are invited to join us for our weekly Interactive Wednesday Story Hour! This virtual program lasts 45 minutes…

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