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The American Library in Paris


With its long and deeply involved history in France, The American Library in Paris has served as a cultural and artistic icon since the 1920s. Today, it is Europe’s largest English-language lending library, and hosts countless programs, events, and speakers, intent on fostering a passion for reading and an appreciation for history to all who enter the Library’s walls.

An International Beacon of Light

Despite changing locations several times, The American Library in Paris has remained a consistent presence on the international stage. In the decades since its founding, The American Library in Paris has consistently embodied its motto: Atrum post bellum, ex libris lux, or: “After the darkness of war, the light of books.” The Library was originally established in 1920, following World War I, to collect wartime books sent to American soldiers and allies who fought during the war. Then, during World War II, the Library fought to remain uncensored and even established an underground lending service to Jews whose access to libraries was revoked under the Nazi regime. Since then, the Library has remained a hopeful symbol of American and French relations, as well as a reminder of the past century’s deeply complicated history.

The Best and Brightest of Minds

The American Library in Paris has been, and continues to be, a welcoming site for many of the most influential writers in the English literary canon. A few of these past high-profile members have included writers Mary McCarthy, Samuel Beckett, and Richard Wright – American authors who, at one point, moved to France. Today, the Library continues to attract not only established individuals, but also members of a new generation of up-and-coming readers and writers. These aspiring authors, or literary connoisseurs, come to the Library to find companionship in monthly book groups, inspiration in speeches given by famous literary figures, and recognition through initiatives such as the Young Authors Fiction Festival. Through this variety of programs, the Library keeps the influential spirit of the written word alive for generations to come.

GRoW Support

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2017 – General Operating Support & Programming – Evenings with an Author

2016 – General Operating Support & Programming – Evenings with an Author

2015 – General Operating Support & Programming – Evenings with an Author

2014 – General Operating Support & Programming – Evenings with an Author

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2013 – General Operating Support

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2011 – Programming – Evenings with an Author

2011 – General Operating Support

2010 – Capital Support

2009 – General Operating Support & Programming – Evenings with an Author

2009 – Capital Support

2008 – General Operating Support

2008 – Programming – Evenings with an Author

2006 – General Operating Support

2006 – Programming – Evening with an Author

2005 – General Operating Support

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2004 – Fundraising Campaign & Programming – Evenings with an Author

2003 – General Operating Support

2002 – General Operating Support

2002 – General Operating Support

2002 – Operations – Children’s Librarian Position

2001 – General Operating Support

2001 – Programming – Evenings with an Author

2000 – General Operating Support

1999 – Programming – American Studies Program

1999 – General Operating Support

1998 – Operations – Children’s Librarian Position

1997 – General Operating Support

1996 – Operations – Book Acquisitions and Multimedia Station

1994 – Operations – Book Acquisitions

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Photo courtesy of The American Library in Paris

Photo courtesy of The American Library in Paris

Photo courtesy of The American Library in Paris

Photo courtesy of The American Library in Paris

Photo courtesy of The American Library in Paris

Photo courtesy of The American Library in Paris


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