American Library in Paris Book Groups

Engage in stimulating conversation about books in an informal and friendly environment.

Our book groups, which are completely volunteer-led, highlight a variety of excellent titles, ranging from recent biographies, novels and well-known classics, to recent prize-winning novels or more obscure books that members otherwise might not have discovered for themselves.

To propose leading a group of your own, please send a formal proposal (including group title, description, a selection or books and proposed dates) to

Please subscribe to e-Libris, the Library’s biweekly electronic newsletter for updates on book groups.

Book groups begin twice a year (once in September and again in January) and meet once a month at the Library. To view active groups, including chosen books and schedules, please scroll down.

There is no additional fee for participating in a book groups, but you must be a member of the American Library in Paris to participate. Space is limited, so members are advised to do their best to attend all meetings of a given group rather than just drop in for certain meetings.

To sign up for a book group, please follow this link. You will be contacted by each group‘s respective leaders within several days.

Book Groups

Frequently Asked Questions

Book groups are organized at the Library’s initiative and led by experienced Library volunteers. Book group leaders — and participants — have broad discretion on how they unfold.

Yes. If you are not yet a Library member but would like to participate in one of our book groups, please join the Library before the first session of your selected group or be prepared (and leave enough time) to join or renew at the first session (check/cash/credit card, photo ID and proof of residence required).

Book groups on different topics/themes are offered two times a year (once in September and again January) and meet once a month. Book group meetings take place in the Library unless otherwise advertised.

Please come to the first session prepared to discuss the chosen book. Arriving a few minutes early will allow everyone to become acquainted. If you will not be present, please inform your book group leader, as others may be on a waiting list.

The Library is happy to provide some beverages for book groups, and participants may also bring other refreshments or snacks. Everyone is responsible for clean-up in Library spaces, including the kitchen.

Please fill out this form to request to join any book group.

You can expect to hear back from us within a few days of submitting the form about whether your chosen group has space– all groups operate on a first come, first serve basis.

You will then receive emails directly from the leaders of your chosen group providing details regarding books and future meetings.

Any additional questions about book groups can be sent to