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The American Library of Montpellier is a branch of the American Library in Paris.

Since 1954, the American Library has been the meeting point for thousands of students and other Montpellier residents who have an interest in American civilization and literature. The American Library has grown considerably since its establishment in Montpellier and now has about one thousand members in good standing.

As an American institution in the capital city of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, the Library serves patrons of all kinds--bilingual families seeking current reading materials for their children, businesses in need of reference works, students studying for exams, scholars conducting research, and patrons simply looking for a place to find a good book or to meet friends.

The Library also maintains close relations with civic groups and institutions of all kinds: the United States Consulate General in Marseille, the City of Montpellier, the Sister Cities Committee of Louisville, Kentucky, the many schools and universities located in Montpellier and, in particular, the University Paul Valéry of Montpellier (humanities) which generously houses the Library in a convenient center city location and provides vital support.

As the demands of Library patrons have grown over the decades, so have the Library's resources.

The works in the Library's 25,000-volume book collection have been carefully chosen to support the Library's continuing role as an American cultural center. The collection is composed primarily of works by American and other English-language authors, and features significant holdings in American history, literary criticism and poetry. The library also offers the best of classic and contemporary fiction and an extensive collection of reference materials.

There is also a special children's room. Bilingual families and American families temporarily based in Montpellier appreciate this facility which introduces children to an American-style library and teaches them how to look for, check out and use books.

The Library possesses an extensive collection of about seventy-five periodicals covering a wide variety of subjects. Members may borrow magazines in addition to books.

The Library also has a growing selection of audio-visual materials. Nearly one thousand cassette tapes featuring music, poetry, novels, short stories, speeches, interviews, stories and songs for children.

Members may use the library's microcomputer facilities. CD-ROM's are available for consultation at the library (multimedia encyclopedias, cinema guides, American history, literature and civilization).

Every year, the American Library, in association with the main library in Paris, provides books and compiles articles for the University of Montpellier's CAPES and Agrégation programs in English.


The Library possesses a microfiche reader that allows members to consult a collection of 19,000 rare volumes concerning American history and civilization.
Members have access to the immense collection of the American Library in Paris.
Members and staff have instant on-line access to the American Library in Paris computerized database of holdings.
The American Library hosts conversation groups of French and American students and others, who meet to discuss topics of their own choosing. These meetings are held in English and in French from 5 to 6:30 PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The Library is an E.T.S. Information Center. Registration forms and information about TOEFL, GRE and GMAT are available at the information desk.

The "Friends of the American Library" Association was created in 1980 with the goal of developing the resources of the Library. Annual dues are spent on the purchase of books, magazine subscriptions, cassettes and reference materials. The "Friends" have also financed the purchase of equipment such as photocopiers and computers. Members' requests are always welcome and are honored whenever possible. Members of the Association (currently 200) derive satisfaction from knowing that they are helping to keep the Library an up-to-date cultural institution.

The Library's staff is trained to meet the standards of this demanding profession and is available to provide reference and research guidance.

It would be impossible to provide the level of service that the Library offers without its team of dedicated volunteers, which staffs the information desk and helps with secretarial duties and special events.

American Library 12-month membership cards are available at the following rates:

Children/Students (2 Books + 2 Magazines) 100 F
Individuals (2 Books + 2 Magazines) 150 F
Family (10 Books maximum) 350

Membership privileges include

Borrowing books and magazines
Use of CD ROM and other computer-based reference materials
Online access to the American Library in Paris catalogue
Limited borrowing privileges and access to Paris Library
Special rates for photocopies
Access to archived periodicals
Use of the Library's Internet-connected computers.

Opening Hours

Monday:           2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday:         10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday:    10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday:        10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday:            10:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Bus and Tramway stops

Bus n° 2, 9, 11. stop : "Saint Michel"
Tramway : "Moularès" or "Port Marianne"


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The current site can be found here: 

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