What the Library Offers...
Reference Help Desk
The Reference Help Desk is staffed with librarians to help you with your questions. If you have a question about the Library or a question regarding the research you're doing, please ask us. We can help you use our catalog and online databases, refine your search so that you find more relevant items on your topic, help you locate items in the building, and more. No question is too big or too small. Ask a Librarian!
Research and Reference Materials
Our collection of more than 120,000 resources features a strong non-fiction collection, as well as a reference collection covering all areas of knowledge. The Library has significant holdings by American and other English-language authors in American history, literary criticism, and poetry. Explore the collection!
The Library archives a periodicals collection of several hundred titles, some of which date back to the 19th century. Over 100 current periodicals are received, ranging from weekly and monthly magazines on entertainment, the arts, and lifestyle issues, to specialty publications focusing on specific areas of business, politics, and science. The International New York Times is available on microfilm from 1888 to present. Consult an alphabetical listing of our journals, magazines, and newspapers.
An extensive collection of reference books may be consulted in the Library, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, basic reference works in all fields, bibliographies, and periodical indexes.
We are also pleased to offer our members and users three leading digital content databases. JSTOR’s Public Library Collection I and EBSCO’s MasterFILE Premier, together containing full-text articles from more than 2,500 periodicals, multiply our current paper holdings by a significant factor. Primary and secondary students have access to World Book Encyclopedia online. Explore our digital databases!
Internet access is free for all members and users. Workstations available for research and web browsing do not require sign-up, however, we recommend using them for no longer than 40 minutes at a time, in order to give access to other users. The Library also provides Wi-Fi Internet access - ask for the password at the Circulation Desk. See our Internet Access Policy and usage guidelines.
The American Library in Paris offers a test proctoring service for distance-learning or traveling students. We provide supervision of both written and online tests. Find out more.
CAPES/Agrégation d'Anglais Resources
In order to teach English in French schools, teachers need to be certified by the State by either the Agrégation d'Anglais or the CAPES (Certificat d'Aptitude au Professorat de l'Enseignement du Second degré) as well. These exams cover various areas of English studies, such as literature from English-speaking authors, social or history topics about English-speaking countries, grammar and linguistics.
Each year, the Library identifies books from its collection that pertain to the official program (around 10 topics a year). Research articles, including literary criticism, historical surveys, articles of general interest, and topical news stories are accessible to Library members via the digital content databases and our periodicals collection. These resources are invaluable not only to the students in the program, but for teachers developing their course plans as well.