The American Library in Paris has many services and resources to assist teachers and homeschoolers. Materials to plan curricula and classroom activities are available, with an emphasis on materials for teachers of English as a second language.
Membership to the Library offers access to the collection and the ability to check out books and other materials. Visit our membership page for details and information on how to join the Library.
Read about our institutional memberships which, through an agreement with your school, could provide discounted memberships for both students and faculty members.
What the Library Offers...
Research and Reference Materials
Bibliographic indexes, digital databases, as well as journals and magazines (some of which date back to the 19th century) are available both for lesson plan development and as a resource for your students.
CAPES/Agrégation d'Anglais Dossiers
The Library compiles and distributes books, articles, bibliographies, criticism and other information about American and English authors that help French students throughout the country to prepare for English-language and American Studies exams. Dossiers of critical articles are then compiled from the Library's periodical collection, including literary criticism, historical surveys, articles of general interest, and topical news stories. These resources are invaluable to not only the students, but for teachers developing their course plans as well.
To consult archived materials, contact the refererence librarian.
Library Visits for Students
Familiarize your students with our library!
Tours can be arranged for classes from Preschool (maternelle) through Middle School (collège) with our Children's Librarian, as well as High School (lycée), and College (université) students with our Reference Librarian. These tours can be tailored to your needs, with topics ranging from a short discussion about library etiquette and book care for younger children to research methodology (including bibliographic instruction) for older students.
The Library is a fundamental resource for homeschoolers and their families. Make use of the Children's department's extensive non-fiction, including new and classic titles in history, geography, and science. Award winners and notable titles in our fiction section, as well as weekly children's programs for many age groups, provide the groundwork for literacy and cultural studies work.
Come learn what the Library has to offer to homeschooling families at our annual Open House event. Parents/Caregivers will receive a tour of the Library and hear about Library programs and services for homeschoolers while students engage in a fun activity.