Welcome to the Library

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.

Visiting Fellowship in Paris

The American Library in Paris is now accepting applications for the Visiting Fellowship program for the periods of fall 2018 and spring 2019. The fellowship offers writers and researchers an opportunity to pursue a creative project in Paris for a month while participating actively in the life of the American Library.

For more details about the fellowship and information about application requirements please consult this page.

The application deadline is 15 February 2018

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Film Screening: The American in Paris: The True Story of the American Hospital of Paris in WWI

January 24 @ 19 h 30 min

A screening of the film The American in Paris, The True Story of the American Hospital of Paris in WWI. The trailer can be viewed here. The…

Evenings with an Author: Helen Milner, Foreign policy in the era of Trump

January 30 @ 19 h 30 min

Princeton professor Helen Milner speaks about foreign policy under the presidency of Donald Trump, in conversation with Library director Jeffrey Hawkins. About the speaker Helen V.…

The Next Production Revolution

February 6 @ 19 h 30 min

The Library, in collaboration with the OECD, will present a discussion on the next production revolution that will occur because of a confluence of technologies. Between…

Evenings with an Author: Alice Feiring, The Dirty Guide to Wine

February 7 @ 19 h 30 min

The Library has regularly featured wine-tasting workshops, and on this night, we will explore the question of natural and biodynamic wines and how they differ from…

Evenings with an Author: Adam Plowright, The French Exception: Emmanuel Macron – The Extraordinary Rise and Risk

March 14 @ 19 h 30 min

AFP journalist Adam Plowright presents his book The French Exception: Emmanuel Macron – The Extraordinary Rise and Risk, the first in English about the French president. More…

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