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.
Halloween Extravaganza tickets on sale on 1 October
Tickets for our annual Halloween Extravaganza go on sale for Library members on Tuesday 1 October at the Children’s and Teens’ Services Desk of the Library (available anytime during open hours). If tickets remain, they will go on sale for non-members beginning on Tuesday 15 October. Last year all of our events were sold out, so we recommend purchasing your tickets early. Members may purchase an additional two tickets for non-member guests, but the non-member fee applies.
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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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…
“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…
Memory and Story: Riding the line between reality and fiction Writers of all abilities often go to memory as the source of inspiration for their work,…
Richard Ford is a novelist, story-writer, essayist and journalist. His work has won many prizes -- in the US and abroad -- including the Pulitzer Prize,…
For more than 150 years before the advent of the Yiddish theatre in the US, Jewish playwrights, performers, theatre managers, and audience members proved startlingly visible in American…
Denise Wendel-Poray is a Canadian writer, journalist and curator. She has authored books and essays concerning the relationship between art, theatre and music including her latest…
Evenings with an Author: Emma Jacobs in conversation with Stephanie Nadalo about The Little(r) Museums of Paris
Please join us for a conversation with Emma Jacobs about her book, The Little(r) Museums of Paris, part guide-part travelogue through Paris' landscape of small museums,…
Evenings with an Author: Nicolas Le Goff, Another Paris: 10 Walks in the Districts that are Transforming the East of Paris
Another Paris: 10 Walks in the Districts that are Transforming the East of Paris-- Industrial Wastelands, Contemporary Architecture, Shared Gardens, Street Art, Coffee Shops...the east of…
Nancy K. Miller--memoirist and feminist critic—is author and editor of more than a dozen books, including But Enough About Me: Why We Read Other People’s Lives…
Daughters of 1968 is the story of French feminism between 1944 and 1981, when feminism played a central political role in the history of France. The…
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