Join the American Library in Paris

Step 1: Please select how you would like to pay for your annual membership

Memberships are for a minimum of twelve months and may not be cancelled once activated.


  • 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

Important Information

It only takes a few minutes to sign up online.

Once your online payment is received, you may come to the Library to pick up your card. You will be asked to show:

  • a valid, official photo ID (passport or identity card)
  • a document with your name and current postal address
  • *For Student memberships—current student card
  • *For Unemployed memberships—current documentation from Pôle Emploi
  • *For Disabled memberships—MDPH card

Memberships for children (under 18) must be submitted by parent or guardian.

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. Once we have received your online payment, you may pick up your library card between the hours of 10:00 and 20:00 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays10:00 and 18:00 on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and 13:00 and 18:00 on Sundays. If you are unable to visit the Library during these times, please contact Member Services to arrange an alternate time.