Join the American Library in Paris

The American Library in Paris, in operation since 1920, is a private, non-profit institution which offers its members access to over 100,000 English language books, inviting reading rooms and work spaces in the heart of Paris, and unparalleled programming for the entire family. Become a member to take part in this vibrant, diverse community for intellectual exchange and indulge a passion for reading.

Benefits of membership

  • Borrowing privileges from the Library’s collection of over 100,000 books for all ages and over 90 current newspapers and magazines
  • Historical periodical archive
  • Access to digital databases including e-books, digital magazines, scholarly resources, and a language-learning suite — accessible online from anywhere in the world
  • Use of two reading rooms, a members’ lounge, dedicated spaces for children and teens, an AV-equipped classroom, and the new Atelier
  • Use of two 3-person study rooms and a 12-person conference room (reservations required, 2-hour limit) for group study
  • Low-cost printing, copying, and scanning
  • Free, secure WiFi and use of desktop computers
  • Research assistance
  • Participation in events for children, teens, and adults
  • Participation in popular book groups, workshops, and seminars
  • Ability to suggest a new title
  • Volunteer and internship priority placement
  • Subscription to our electronic newsletter e-Libris
  • A haven in which to work, read, and relax
  • The opportunity to meet like-minded people and share common interests

Annual Library Membership

Child

7Monthly

OR one-time payment: 80 €

Children under 12*
    • Borrowing: a maximum of 30 items at any time from the juvenile and young adult collection only
    • e-Library use including digital encyclopedias, language-learning databases, and electronic books
    • Wifi, computer use, printing, and scanning
    • Reference assistance
    • Children’s programs

Student

9Monthly

OR one-time payment: 100€

Students (any age with student ID)*, or ages 19-25 (without student ID)
  • Borrowing: a maximum of 10 items (6 books + 4 periodicals) at any time
  • e-Library use including digital magazines, e-books, a language-learning suite, and academic databases
  • Wifi, computer use, printing, and scanning
  • Volunteer eligibility
  • Book group eligibility
  • Reference assistance
  • Writing workshops
  • Study room reservations
  • Teen Programs (ages 12-18)

Discounted

9Monthly

OR one-time payment: 100€

Teens 12-18*, seniors 60+, unemployed*, or disabled*
  • Borrowing: a maximum of 30 items (20 books + 10 periodicals) at any time
  • e-Library use including digital magazines, e-books, a language-learning suite, and academic databases
  • Wifi, computer use, printing, and scanning
  • Volunteer eligibility
  • Book group eligibility
  • Reference assistance
  • Writing workshops
  • Study room reservations
  • Teen Programs (ages 12-18)

Adult

12Monthly

OR one-time payment: 135€

  • Borrowing: a maximum of 30 items (20 books + 10 periodicals) at any time
  • e-Library use including digital magazines, e-books, a language-learning suite, and academic databases
  • Wifi, computer use, printing, and scanning
  • Volunteer eligibility
  • Book group eligibility
  • Reference assistance
  • Writing workshops
  • Study room reservations

Household

18Monthly

OR one-time payment: 205€

Up to two adults and their children under the age of 22 living at the same address
  • Borrowing: a maximum of 30 items (20 books + 10 periodicals) per household member at any time
  • e-Library use including digital magazines, e-books, a language-learning suite, and academic databases
  • Wifi, computer use, printing, and scanning
  • Volunteer eligibility
  • Book group eligibility
  • Reference assistance
  • Writing workshops
  • Study room reservations
  • Children’s programs (ages 0-12)
  • Teen programs (ages 12-18)

Institutions

Contact the Library for current list of partner institutions
  • Borrowing
  • e-Library use including digital magazines, e-books, a language-learning suite, and academic databases
  • Wifi, computer use, printing, and scanning
  • Volunteer eligibility
  • Book group eligibility
  • Reference assistance
  • Writing workshops
  • Study room reservations
  • Children’s programs (ages 0-12)
  • Teen programs (ages 12-18)

Short-term membership options

Day

10

Individual (all ages)

Benefits

  • Onsite collection consultation
  • e-Library use onsite only
  • Wifi, computer use, printing, and scanning
  • Reference assistance
  • Children’s programs (ages 0-12)
  • Teen programs (ages 12-18)

Week

30

Individual (all ages)

Benefits

  • Onsite collection consultation
  • e-Library use onsite only
  • Wifi, computer use, printing, and scanning
  • Reference assistance
  • Children’s programs (ages 0-12)
  • Teen programs (ages 12-18)

Week - household

40

Up to two adults and their children

Benefits

  • Onsite collection consultation
  • e-Library use onsite only
  • Wifi, computer use, printing, and scanning
  • Reference assistance
  • Children’s programs (ages 0-12)
  • Teen programs (ages 12-18)

Four month

65

Individual (all ages)

Benefits

  • Onsite collection consultation
  • Borrowing: With 60€ deposit, maximum of 30 items (20 books + 10 periodicals) at any time
  • e-Library use
  • Wifi, computer use, printing, and scanning
  • Reference assistance
  • Children’s programs (ages 0-12)
  • Teen programs (ages 12-18)

Four month - household

95

Up to two adults and their children

Benefits

  • Onsite collection consultation
  • Borrowing: With 60€ deposit, a maximum of 30 items (20 books + 10 periodicals) per household member at any time
  • e-Library use
  • Wifi, computer use, printing, and scanning
  • Reference assistance
  • Children’s programs (ages 0-12)
  • Teen programs (ages 12-18)

How to Join

It only takes a few minutes to sign up online or in person at the Library.

When you apply in person or you are issued your Library card after applying online, you will be asked to provide:

  • a valid, official photo ID (passport or identity card)
  • a document with your name and current postal address
  • payment in cash, check, or credit card
  • For Short-term memberships—a 60€ refundable cash deposit (required only if you want borrowing privileges)
  • *For Child (under 12) and Teen (age 12-18) memberships—application must be submitted or co-signed by parent or guardian
  • *For Student memberships—bring your current student card
  • *For Unemployed memberships— bring your current documentation from Pôle Emploi
  • *For Disabled memberships— bring your MDPH card
If you are eligible for a special rate through an institutional partnership, please apply in person. Official proof of affiliation with a partner school or institution is required.
Note: All membership fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Your membership finalization may be completed between the hours of 10:00 and 20:00 Tuesdays and Wednesdays10:00 and 18:00 Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 13:00 and 18:00 Sundays. If you are unable to visit the Library during these times, please contact Member Services to arrange an alternate time.

Neighborhood Partners

The Library is very pleased to partner with local businesses who will be offering Library members discounts. When visiting these local businesses, present your Library card upon arrival and before you ask for the bill. Discount is valid only at listed locations. As well, discounts are valid only for the member named on the membership card, and are nontransferable. If you have any questions regarding our Local Business Partnership, please contact Communications and Outreach Manager Carolyn Dubol at 01.53.59.12.65.

Café de Mars
11 rue Augereau, 75007 Paris     +33 (0) 1 45 50 10 90
A charming, friendly bistro on a quiet street off rue Saint-Dominique, just a block from the Library. The excellent menu features seasonal produce and changes weekly.
A free glass of house wine, selected by the café staff, or soft drink to accompany your meal during lunch