Giving to the Library

The regular support of members and friends of the Library is essential in ensuring its health and vitality. Thanks to gifts, grants, and other generous contributions, the Library is celebrating 100 years of service in Paris. Please consider making a gift to the Library today.

Ways to give

One Time Gift: Your gift can be made in US Dollars or Euros and you can use cash, check, or credit card.

Appreciated Stock: If you are a U.S. resident taxpayer, you will avoid all capital gain taxes, will receive a tax deduction, and can deduct it up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income.

DonorAdvised Fund: A DAF allows donors to make a charitable contribution into the fund, receive an immediate tax deduction, and then recommend grants from the fund over time.

There are many other options! Contact the Library for ideas or questions about making a gift.

Benefits to giving

USA: The American Library in Paris is a United States 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated under the laws of Delaware. Contributions are tax-deductible in the USA to the full extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged with a tax receipt. 

France: The American Library in Paris is an organisme d’intérêt général for French tax purposes. Donations made by French residents may be eligible for a credit against French income taxes up to 66% of the amount of the gift as provided for by French CGI article 200. Gifts will be acknowledged with a tax receipt.

The Library receives no government funding and relies on the generosity of its community.

Major Events


Every spring, the American Library in Paris hosts a gala dinner featuring a prominent speaker. These events are a major source of income to the Library through individual participation, program sponsorships and table sponsorships.

Recent Gala speakers have included Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, Stacy Schiff, John Irving, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, Antony Beevor, Joyce Carol Oates, Sebastian Faulks, Scott Turow, and Christopher Buckley.

Book Award

The Book Award was launched in 2013 and carries a $5,000 prize, which is supported by generous funding from the Florence Gould Foundation. The past recipients of the prize reflect the diversity of intellectual and literary output that the Book Award seeks to recognize.

The event is invitation-only and is open to the annual donors of the American Library in Paris. It is the largest donor appreciation event of the year.

Library After Dark

The Library After Dark is the newest fundraising event at the Library. The evening will feature a reading from celebrity authors, live music, signature cocktails, catered food, and early access to the new Centennial memorabilia.

Originally scheduled for the Spring, the event will now take place in the Fall of 2020. All tickets will include an entry into the Library After Dark raffle – a contest featuring signed books, vintage bottles of wine, and more!

The importance of the Library

A few of our guests share their thoughts about the American Library in Paris…

For more information about where your contributions go, view the Library’s Annual Report.

The American Library in Paris is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an organisme d’intérêt général for French tax purposes. All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law and will be acknowledged with a tax receipt.