Lending for ninety-eight years

The American Library in Paris is the largest English-language lending library on the European continent. The Library’s 3,000 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.

Greetings from the Director

Welcome to the Library!  This is a warm, welcoming place to devour
books, exchange ideas, and encourage the next generation of readers.  Come to an evening program when world-class writers talk literature or politics, or pass by some afternoon when youngsters listen in rapt attention to our storytellers.  You’ll see what a wonderful place the Library is.  Join our community.  Join the Library.
                                                        Jeff Hawkins

Young Author Fiction Festival

The 2018 Young Authors Fiction Festival (YAFF) is now underway. YAFF is free of charge to enter and open to all students ages 5-18 in the greater Paris area. The deadline to submit your story is Friday 30 March by 22h00.  For story guidelines, more information, or to submit your story visit the YAFF page.

The American Library in Paris has been lending since 1920. Help sustain this vital institution in its 97th year of service by donating today.

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Evenings with an Author: Natalie Moore, The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation

March 27 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min

Natalie Moore presents her book The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, in which she explores the contemporary segregated reality in the third…

Evenings with an Author: David Lebovitz, “l’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home”

April 4 @ 19 h 30 min

Food maker and food writer David Lebovitz returns to the Library, this time to discuss his new book l'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris…

Word for Word: a production of Lucia Berlin: Stories

April 9 @ 19 h 30 min - 22 h 00 min

  Doing the commuter crossword Actor Norman Gee; projection by Naomie Kremer, set sculpture by Oliver DiCicco. Photo by Julie Schuchard   The Library and École…

Annual Gala Dinner

June 8 @ 19 h 30 min

Literary luminary Salman Rushdie headlines this year's Gala, which will take place at the Westin Paris - Vendôme. The primary fundraising event of the year, the…

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