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    American Library in Paris

    Location & Hours

    Directions

    Public Transport

    Metro : École Militaire (line 8), Alma-Marceau (line 9)
    RER : Pont de l’Alma (line C)
    Bus Routes : 28, 42, 63, 69, 72, 80, 82, 86, 92

    RATP website

    Vélib'

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

    Parking

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

    Hours

    Regular operating hours

    The Library is open for browsing, checkout, and returns.

    Covid-19 modifications: Limited study space and seating is available.

    HOURS:
    Tue–Wed: 10h–19h* | Thu: 10h–21h* | Fri–Sat: 10h–19h* | Sun: 13h–19h* | Mon: Closed

    *closing hours contingent on curfew restrictions

    Last hour: self-service only
    Last entry: 30 minutes before closing time

    Summer Hours: The Library has reduced operating hours and is closed on Sundays from 15 July 2021 until 30 August 2021.

    Winter Holiday: The Library’s regular annual closure is from Friday 24 December 2021 through Monday 3 January 2022.

    Holiday closures

    The Library will be closed on these dates in 2021:

    Fri 1 January – New Year’s Day
    Sun 4 April
     – Easter (Pâques)
    Sat 1 May – Labor Day (Fête du Travail)
    Sat 8 May – WWII Victory Day (Fête de la Victoire 1945)
    Thu 13 May – Ascension
    Wed 14 July – Bastille Day
    Sun 15 August – Assumption
    Mon 1 November – All Saints’ Day (Toussaint)
    Thu 11 November – Armistice Day
    Fri 24 December – Christmas Eve
    Sat 25 December – Christmas Day
    Sun 26 December – Holiday break
    Mon 27 December – Holiday break
    Tue 28 December – Holiday break
    Wed 29 December – Holiday break
    Thu 30 December – Holiday break
    Fri 31 December – New Year’s Eve
    Sat 1 January 2022 – New Year’s Day
    Sun 2 January 2022 – Holiday break

    Summer Hours: The Library has reduced operating hours and is closed on Sundays from 15 July 2021 until 30 August 2021.