Lending for ninety-eight 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). The YAFF is a the only creative writing intiative that aims to strengthen community among English-speakers in the Paris area through the art and craft of storytelling. The 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: Robert Rorke, Car Trouble

March 12 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

Please join us for an evening with Robert Rorke, who will be speaking on his new novel, Car Trouble, available for sale after the event. Author's…

Evenings with an Author: Susan Ronald

March 13 @ 19 h 30 min - 20 h 30 min

Please join us for an evening with Susan Ronald, who will be speaking about her book, A Dangerous Woman: American Beauty, Noted Philanthropist, Nazi Collaborator— The Life…

Finding Yourself in Paris– A Writing Workshop with Lucienne Mc Kirdy

March 14 @ 19 h 00 min - 21 h 00 min

"Finding Yourself In Paris" is a writing workshop for the newly transplanted members of the city as well as seasoned residents who are interested in reflecting…

Evenings with an Author: Liam Callanan

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

What makes Paris, Paris? In Paris by the Book, a young American family seeks to find out as they resuscitate a bookshop in the Marais, while simultaneously…

Evenings with an Author: Mark Mayer

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

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Evenings with an Author: Tania Teschke

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

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Evenings with an Author: Stanley Mazaroff

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

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

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

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

April 17

Word for Word celebrates 25 years of theater and literature with performances of "Deep Kiss" and "Victory Lap," two short stories by two of their favorite…

Evenings with an Author: Wolfgang Joensson

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

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