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American Library in Paris

Location & Hours


Public Transport

Metro : École Militaire (line 8), Alma-Marceau (line 9)
RER : Pont de l’Alma (line C) Station closed for renovation until January 2019
Bus Routes : 42, 63, 69, 80, 82, 87, 92

RATP website


Paris’s self service “bike hire” system.
Vélib’ stations close to the Library
How to use Vélib’


Saint Dominique – 3 min walk
Quai Branly – Tour Eiffel – 4 min walk
Joffre École Militaire – 9 min walk


Operating hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10h–19h
Wednesday 10h–19h
Thursday 10h–22h
Friday 10h–19h
Saturday 10h–19h
Sunday 13h–19h

Summer hours (Wed 15 July 2020 to Mon 24 August 2020):
Monday Closed
Sunday Closed

The Library is open until 22h00 on Thursdays from September through 14 July. The Children’s Library and Teen Mezzanine are closed during late-night Thursdays, however books for children and teens can be retrieved upon request.

Holiday closures

The Library will be closed on these dates in 2020:

Wed 1 January – New Year’s Day
Sun 12 April
 – Easter (Pâques)
Fri 1 May – Labor Day (Fête du Travail)
Fri 8 May – WWII Victory Day (Fête de la Victoire 1945)
Thu 21 May – Ascension
Tue 14 July – Bastille Day
Sat 15 August – Assumption
Sun 1 November – All Saints’ Day (Toussaint)
Wed 11 November – Armistice Day
Thu 24 December – Christmas Eve
Fri 25 December – Christmas Day
Sat 26 December – Holiday break
Sun 27 December – Holiday break
Mon 28 December – Holiday break
Tue 29 December – Holiday break
Wed 30 December – Holiday break
Thu 31 December – New Year’s Eve
Fri 1 January 2021 – New Year’s Day

The Library has reduced operating hours from mid-July until end-August.