The American Library in Paris

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The American Library in Paris

The American Library in Paris
4.5
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Saturday
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Founded in 1920, the American Library in Paris is the largest English-language lending library on the European continent. Members have access to a print collection of 100,000 books, e-resources, newspapers and periodicals, study spaces, weekly children's activities, and adult programs, including author talks and book groups. Non-members may purchase a Day Pass.
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Neighborhood: Gros-Caillou
How to get there
  • Pont de l'Alma • 6 min walk
  • Alma – Marceau • 9 min walk
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Dave P
Portland, OR39 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
The library's collection includes books belonging to the international film star Marlene Dietrich. She was a recluse during her final years in Paris, and one can imagine her spending many hours reading her favorite stories. Several of her books are about the great Dietrich. And in one of them - written in her own hand - she says "Lies!" In fact, several of the books have her opinions written in the margins. The Dietrich collection is in the Director's office,available with permission.
Written July 25, 2018
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Artsy Snippets
Paris, France4 contributions
May 2019 • Family
The American Library in Paris (commonly referred to as ALP) is so much more than a collection of books.

Located right next to the Eiffel Tower, it is easily accessible by bus and is always full of all types of people ranging from students preparing for their Baccalaureate, to teachers of all subjects correcting papers. Its soundproof reading room is excellent for concentrating without getting distracted by the children in the young readers’ section.

In addition to being an ideal workspace, its shelves are filled with classics, contemporary young adults fiction, children’s books and magazines from the 1960’s. The friendly staff is always available to help anyone out in finding a book or giving suggestions.

Furthermore, the library team organises events such as evening with an author or the teen writing group to transform the library into a generator of ideas and friendships.

Although some may think that libraries are for the elderly, not once have I passed between the rows of neatly organized books without coming across a teenager immersed in a good novel. It is not a place where the older people go to wither up and disappear amongst encyclopedias, but a place where young people who enjoy reading and writing spend their free time for their own pleasure.

I strongly recommend this amazing library for anyone of any age who just wants to get lost in the world of words.

Friendly, immense, work-friendly.
Written May 18, 2019
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lesandchip
Princeton, NJ150 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
The American Library in Paris is the largest English-lending library on the European continent. It's a calm oasis in which to sit and read, and get some work done, if work you must! The library hosts several literary events each month, which are always interesting, and free to the public. It is possible to purchase a day or a week pass.
Written May 3, 2017
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StephSans
Raleigh, NC4 contributions
Jul 2014 • Business
My professor took us on a trip to the library while we were in France for a class. We walked in and were met by an older gentleman who made us feel unwelcome from the start. He curtly told us this was a library for "members only" and when my teacher reminded him of the programs for students and academic research he was put off. As my classmate and I explored the cramped, dated location our professor was met with more rude behavior from the man. She was trying to look into options for herself as well as set up a relationship between our school and the library. I wouldn't go back, ever.
Written July 23, 2014
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Novus99
Los Angeles, CA5 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
The facility is excellent, and they seem to have an impressive collection of books. I'm an American, and I was looking for a quiet place to write. That's all. I didn't realize I'd have to pay 10 Euros just to do this. If I lived in Paris, I would gladly pay membership fees to use this place, but why come just to visit? I have never paid a single time to use a library in the USA, by the way. Not sure why this library can't fundraise for the funds it needs, but there you go.
Written November 19, 2019
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Thank you for your kind words about our facility and collection. We have been a private, independent, non-profit institution since 1920, and do not receive any of the government subsidies that US and French public libraries rely on. Both membership fees and fundraising donations are essential for us to adequately fund the collection, programs, and services we are proud to offer, and we thank everyone, annual members and day users alike, for their support.
Written December 6, 2019
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JSSAmber
Cambridge, UK458 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This place has a history stretching back to the Lost Generation, but their newly updated space gives you the best of a modern library. It costs about 10 Euros for a day pass or 100 for a year membership, and the catalog is outstanding: my father went in and said that they had every single one of his favorite sf/f writers. There's also an incredible archive of fashion magazines, so if you're in Paris doing research on fashion history, this is your place. They also do extensive programming for young people and have two librarians (with library degrees) for young people on staff. Great place!
Written May 26, 2019
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377roberth377
Paris, France30 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
I am American living in Paris with my French wife and French/American teenagers. Without the American library our life would be different. Nestled under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, its a much used weekend destination for us. We have a family membership and often leave with 25 books. They have everything. Classes for kids, famous American authors visiting, magazines, coffee, and WiFi, and places to hide and work. The second largest English language lending library in Europe! And some of our favourite restaurants nearby. As they say in New Yawk, what's not to like! If you are a reader...or à student, this is ground zero. As they say in French, profitez. Take advantage. They have day rates, and the staff is cool. I would spend a fortune on books without them...
Written March 8, 2019
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Jan S
Paris, France306 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
I spend a lot of time at the Library, for me is it a great place to relax and spend some quality time with the thousands of books available. It is a private library, so you have to pay to use - but it is worth it to see the largest collection of English books on the Continent. It is also nice to hear my native language predominately used, a little home away from home for me. Wonderful staff and you cannot beat the location - so close to the Eiffel Tower. I would recommend this Library to anyone visiting or living in Paris.
Written March 14, 2017
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Mary P
Paris125 contributions
Jun 2014
I have never been a member of the American Library because their membership is prohibitively expensive (& I have free access to many libraries with no charge). However, they do offer some interesting conferences and activities for adults and children which are interesting (you do not need to be a member to attend) so my advice is to keep an eye on their website if you live in Paris.
Written June 20, 2014
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PollyVousFrancais
Raleigh, NC65 contributions
Oct 2013 • Solo
Visitors and residents alike who know the American Library in Paris just love the place, and with good reason. Located virtually under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, it is a little haven of all things American. "Why would I want to go there when I'm in Paris to experience France?" you might ask. Because. You can get a day pass for 14 euros or a week pass for 28 euros which gives you unlimited access to the collections (including periodicals) and unlimited wifi access. There are activities for all age groups. If you are visiting Paris with children, it can be a great way to give them a little bit of home. And oft times a way to meet locals. And one of the best parts: their used-book table, with most selling for about 1 or 2 euros, so if you didn't want to lug books in your suitcase, you are in luck. A very welcoming staff. When I lived in Paris I was a member, and what a bargain membership is, if you think of the savings from not having to purchase English-language books, CDs and DVDs.
Written February 23, 2014
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The American Library in Paris is open:
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