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 over 100 years of service in Paris. Please consider making a gift to the Library today.

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 regular government funding and relies on the generosity of its community.

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.

Planned giving

A charitable gift from your estate is simple to implement. If you would like to include a gift to the Library in your will, please use the Library’s correct legal name appears in all documents: The American Library in Paris Inc.

Contact the Library for ideas or questions about making a gift.

Major Events


Every year, 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 Andrew Sean Greer, Ann Patchett, Zadie Smith, Susan Orlean, 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.

Project 100

For over 100 years the Library has served as a center for cross-cultural exchange, a repository of ideas, and a haven for those who value the life of the mind.

With your help, Project 100 funded new spaces and programs that were important to you, including: an expanded and enhanced Children’s and Teens’ Library; enriched intellectual and cultural offerings for users of all ages, including more opportunities for meaningful exchange between readers, writers, and thinkers; a refreshed collection in your preferred subjects and formats, whether digital or print.

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.

Gifts to the American Library in Paris Foundation can be sent to the following address.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
c/o William D. Torchiana
Rm. 3111
125 Broad St.
New York, NY  10004