Starting on 30 September 2021, all visitors 12+ must show one of the following to visit the Library:

1) Proof of complete vaccination, as defined by the French government:

  • A digital QR code via the TousAntiCovid app on your smartphone, or
  • An official paper certificate showing complete vaccination such as
      • A printout of your QR code from your Sécurité Sociale account on ameli.fr or
      • A COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card from the CDC

2) A negative RT-PCR test or antigénique test less than 72 hours old

3) A Certificat de rétablissement showing a positive RT-PCR test or antigénique test at least 11 days old and no more than 6 months old

Changes to operations due to latest Covid-19 measures

  • Adult programming—including evening events, workshops, and book groups—continues without interruption. Please check our online programs calendar to see if an event is being held virtually or in-person at the Library

  • Our regular Children’s and Teens’ programs continue, with some programs taking place in person, and others on Zoom. Please see our website calendar for more information about each program.

  • Member Services staff and librarians are at your disposal 6 days per week, and may be reached during our regular operating hours at info@americanlibraryinparis.org.

  • Fine forgiveness remains in effect until 30 September 2021. Fines for overdue items will be reinstated on 1 October 2021.
  • Take advantage of our vast collection of digital resources, including The New York Times online, e-books, digital magazines, language-learning tools, our podcast, and our past Evenings with an Author on YouTube.

  • Sign up for e-Libris, our e-newsletter, for the latest information.

Services available online

Please use our online tools:

  • Create or renew your membership 
  • Pay overdue fines and lost item fees via your online account
  • Place a request for a checked-out or on-order item via your online account
  • Access (or request assistance with) our e-resources
  • Ask a reference question or contact our librarians at info@americanlibraryinparis.org
  • Attend a virtual program for kids, teens, or adults
  • Support the Library with a donation

FAQ

My membership has expired. Can I renew it online?
Yes, you may renew your membership online. Once you receive email confirmation that your account has been reactivated, you may use your library card’s barcode number to access our online resources and attend virtual programs.

I joined the Library online. How can I get my library card?
If you created a new membership online, you may pick up your Library card at the Member Services desk anytime until 30 minutes before closing. If you are not able to come to the Library, please email our Member Services team, who will send you all the information you need to access our virtual resources and attend programs. Email: info@americanlibraryinparis.org

I have fines or lost book fees on my account.
No overdue fines were levied during the confinement and deconfinement periods. However, fines that accrued prior to 15 March 2020 are still posted to members’ accounts, are considered due, and should be paid online. Fees for lost or damaged materials remain the responsibility of the member, whether accrued prior, during, or after the confinement. These fees should also be paid online.

Please note that fine forgiveness will remain in effect until 30 September 2021. Fines for overdue items will be reinstated on 1 October 2021.

A book I returned before reconfinement is still listed on my account.
Please send us an email with the title and the date the item was returned and we will try to locate it.

I have books to return but I’ve left the country.
Please contact us to make arrangements for their return or replacement. Email: info@americanlibraryinparis.org

When will onsite programs for children, teens, and adults resume? 
Some programs have resumed in person, while others continue virtually. Please subscribe to e-Libris for the latest programming and Library news.

Do I need a Pass Sanitaire to visit the Library? 
Yes. Starting on 31 August 2021, the Library began requiring a Pass Sanitaire for everyone aged 18 and over who wishes to enter the building, per French law. This obligation was extended to everyone aged 12 and over as of Thursday 30 September 2021, again, in accordance with French law. Thank you for your cooperation.

I am not a member, but I am chaperoning a child under 18 who is a member. Do I still need a Pass Sanitaire?
Yes, everyone 12+ who enters the Library facility or participates in a Library program must show their Pass Sanitaire.

I don’t have the French app TousAntiCovid. but I’ve been vaccinated (or have tested negative in the past 72 hours). Can I enter the Library?
As long as your complete vaccination cycle, negative PCR or antigen test result, or positive recovery PCR or antigen test result is recognized by the French government it fulfils their Pass Sanitaire requirements. If the French verification app is unable to read your certificate’s QR code, we are permitted to visually approve a paper or digital vaccination or test certificate, whether it’s from France or another country.

More information about what constitutes a valid Pass Sanitaire is available in English on the French government’s website under “Health Pass.”

I don’t have a valid Pass Sanitaire. Are you offering Click & Collect?
Please contact the Member Services team if you are unable to either get to or enter the Library. Arrangements are being made on a case-by-case basis, and fees apply for books delivered by post or bicycle courrier.