“[T]he mission of the Library—to educate, welcome and respect all perspectives, convene safe and productive conversations, and offer opportunity to all—directly combats divisiveness, ignorance, hate, and racism.”
—Tony Marx, New York Public Library President
The American Library in Paris stands in solidarity against racism and for the pursuit of inquiry, knowledge, and conversation.
In the wake of recent protests in the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on 25 May, readers have reached out to us for resources to learn more about these events, and the issues underlying them. In pre-pandemic times, members browsed the stacks for deeper understanding. While our stacks are closed, we suggest the following reading lists, compiled by reputable outlets. Many of these titles are in the American Library in Paris collection and may be requested via curbside lending:
If you have recommendations for additional resources that are not currently in the Library’s collection, we invite you to request them here.