The American Library in Paris will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. What is now a calm oasis of learning had its origins in the chaos of war, a fact underlined by a bust which sits among the dozens of books in the director’s office.
The library was founded at the end of the First World War. From 1917 to 1918, thousands of books donated by American libraries to United States armed forces, were shipped to service personnel stationed in France.
The institution, which is Europe’s largest English library outside the UK, currently boasts 4500 members and has a collection of 100,000 books. While membership is required to access the library and its resources during the day, the evening programming is free and open to the public.
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