Free Open Source Online Libraries

Free Open source online books, journal articles, theses and dissertation works, reference works

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Here we have compiled some useful Free Open source online libraries where a variety of scholarly works can be sourced – books, journal articles, theses and dissertation works, reference works etc.
This part of our free useful collections in addition to our post on Directories of Open Education – Open Self-education Resources.
Please Let us know if your find any broken link in this list or suggest any addition to the list as we try to keep this article updated frequently.
  1. Project gutenberg: Free and open access to lots of digital materials that are no longer copyrighted under the australian copyright laws – books from wide variety of subjects and formats can be accessed and downloaded here freely
  2. Questia: Free and open source library for accessing lots of scholarly works online (journal articles, textbooks, etc can be accessed here)
  3. MIT Open CourseWare: Free access to the course materials of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.One can access the materials for over 1000 courses.
  4. The University of Pennsylvania Online libraries: Free and open access to lots of online materials and e-books from The University of Pennsylvania.
  5. La Trobe University Research Repository: Access and download over 12000 scholarly works such as chapters from textbooks, research papers/works from different disciplines
  6. e-Prints from Cornell University: in partnership with National Science Foundation , National Institute for Theoretical Physics & University of Adelaide: Open access to over 100000 electronic prints that spans through different disciplines like sciences,statistics, physics, mathematics, computer etc
  7. University of Canterbury e-Library: Open access to lots research works such as journal articles, conference papers and these works
  8. Auckland University of Technology digital library: Open and free access to theses, dissertation and other research works archived in Auckland University of Technology’s digital library
  9. Bond University e-Library: Free and open access to over 1500 research works ( journals, theses, etc) from different disciplines
  10. Deakin University’s digital library archiveFree and open access to scholarly works from the Deakin University’s digital library archive.
  11. Flinders Digital Library Archive: Free and open access to over 3000 scholarly outputs from the Flinders electronic archive.
  12. James Cook University ePrints/e-library: Browse and download scholarly works from James Cook University. ( research works, journals, theses and dissertations etc)
  13. University of Nevada’s Reno digital Library: Free and open access to journal articles from different subjects.
  14. Oxford electronic and digital Archive: Free and open access to over 2500 scholarly works – journals, thesis, etc, written in different languages.
  15. The Digital Book Index: Links to over 140,000 digital educational materials. Lots of the materials linked to can be accessed freely online.
  16. University of Virginia Electronic and digital collections: Free and open access to over 10,000 texts written in different languages. Some of the texts are in formats compatible with some hand held devices. You can also browse listings of their collections
  17. The E Server: The EServer is an arts and humanities e-publishing co-op based at Iowa State University where hundreds of writers, editors and scholars gather to publish over 35,000 works free of charge.
  18. The Free Library: Browse and access free online resources – millions of news, trade publications, newspapers, magazine, journal, reference and more.

Free Online Libraries for Accessing Free Scientific Journals and Articles

  1. Pubmed Central: Browse for free full texted articles from sponsored publications
  2. Nativida Medical Centre: Browse for free full texted article from science related journals
  3. Mercy Regional Medical center: Browse for free full texted article from science related journals
  4. Highwire press: A digital library and electronic archive that linked to thousands of free full texted science-related journal articles )
  5. Bioline: An electronic library that indexed lots of journal articles on bioscience related issues. Not all articles here are free
  6. Chemistry: Links to lots of free full texted chemistry related journal articles
  7. The Public Library of Science: An organizations of scientist that canvases for free access to scientific publications. Browse and access some collections of free science journals.

Free Online Library for Accessing Literatures in the Humanities and Arts

  1. Australian e-Humanities NetworkA network that consists of Australian Academy of the Humanities, is an initiative of the Australian e-Humanities Network, the University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle. Free access is given to their collections of literatures on humanities.
  2. The E Server: The EServer is an arts and humanities e-publishing co-op based at Iowa State University where hundreds of writers, editors and scholars gather to publish over 35,000 works free of charge.

Free Online Library for Accessing Research Thesis and Dissertation

  1. Australasian Digital Theses: Free and open access to the theses and dissertation reports from over 40 australian university.
  2. Networked Digital Library of Theses and DissertationsLinks are made to the theses and dissertations of different universities.
  3. Curtin University of TechnologyOpen access to research products of curtin university of technology.
  4. The Digital Library of the Commons (DLC)Open and free access to scholarly works which includes articles, theses and dissertations.
  5. The Virtual Technical Reports Center: Links to technical reports, research papers, theses , dissertations etc.
  6. Deakin University’s digital library archiveFree and open access to scholarly works from the Deakin University’s digital library archive.
  7. James Cook University ePrints/e-library: Browse and download scholarly works from James Cook University. ( research works, journals, theses and dissertations etc)
  8. Bond University e-Library: Free and open access to over 1500 research works ( journals, theses, etc) from different disciplines

Free Online e-Libraries for Accessing Science Materials

  1. Digital Library for Earth System EducationFree and open access to over 4500 scholarly works that spans through different physical sciences courses.
  2. E-Library of ScienceFree access to different educational resources on mathematics, economics, linguistics, physics, philosophy,and other science courses
  3. Digital Library of Information Science and TechnologyFree access to materials on many subjects especially on library science, IT etc. Not all of its collections are free.
  4. Electronics-ee: An electronic archive of freely accessible resources on different areas of electrical and electronics engineering.
  5. The Electronic Library of MathematicsFree and open access to educational resources on mathematics
  6. Math World: Complete maths resources and encyclopedia for students, researchers and maths tutors.
  7. Free Maths eBooks from Trillia.com: Free access to different textbooks on mathematics.The ebooks are in PDF format.
  8. Free maths ebooks on NewsSciTech: Browse and download free maths e-textbooks.
  9. Free downloadable Books from Freebookcentre.netLinks to collections of free science textbooks including computer books, technical books, medical books, mathematics books, engineering books, etc
  10. Free Tech books: Links to sites that offer free downloadable ebooks, textbook, lecture notes and other educational resources on science related courses.

Free Online Libraries for Accessing Medical and Biological Works/ Materials

  1. Free Online Medical Dictionary: Search for the meanings of medically related words with the free online medical dictionary
  2. Online Medical EncyclopediaFree access to an online health encyclopedia with information on over 1000 medical topics.
  3. Free books for doctorsAccess and download free medical eBooks (ebooks are written in different languages)
  4. handheldsfordoctors.comFree access to medical ebooks for doctors
  5. Cochrane e-LibraryFree access to contemporary information on health care treatments and practices
  6. Kurt Stüber’s Online Library: Free access to historic and modern biological text books
  7. Mesothelioma Cancer Center: An educational resource center for issues on asbestos-induced cancer.
  8. Surgery and Laboratory InvestigationsFree access to lots of information and guide on different biological laboratory practices.

Online e-Libraries for Accessing Free Online Textbooks

  1. National Academy Press: Access to over 3000 free science related texts.
  2. National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Bookshelf: Browse and download free textbook chapters from biomedical related issues like cell, glycobiology, genes, etc. The books are formatted in HTML.
  3. Internet Public LibraryFree access to over 15,000 free e-textbooks.
  4. The University of Pennsylvania Online Books PageBrowse and access lots of free eBooks.
  5. University of California Press: Free access to browsable chapters of over 500 ebooks.

Free Online Libraries for Accessing Reference Materials

  1. Free encyclopedia from AllRefer.comFree access to online encyclopedia on different subjects, gazetteers and other interesting reference material.
  2. Online Resources from online-dictionary.net: Free access to online dictionaries in both specialized (e.g. sciences) and non specialized topics (like languages)
  3. Free Online Medical Dictionary: Search for the meanings of medically related words with the free online medical dictionary
  4. Online Medical EncyclopediaFree access to an online health encyclopedia with information on over 1000 medical topics.
  5. International Islamic Digital LibraryFree access to scholarly works on islamic religion- scholarly write ups, articles, theses, dissertations etc. Requires registration.
  6. The Catholic Encyclopedia:  Interesting reference resource for catholic related inquires.

Free Online Libraries for Accessing Classics and Literature Works

Listed here are websites were you can browse and download different sorts of classical literatures – science fiction novels, fantasy novels, medieval works, poems, children book collections, etc
  1. Bartleby.comFree access to many classic works
  2. Literature Post: Free access to lots of classic works-plays, novels, poems and other literatures
  3. Public Bookshelf: Free access to fiction and non-fiction classic works.
  4. BibliomaniaBrowse and access lots of free classic works and other research works.
  5. William Shakespeare works: Access complete works of william shakespeare online.
  6. Pennsylvania State University Classics collectionsAccess many classical works of literature published by the Pennsylvania State University
  7. Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts: Free access to lots of English and American Literatures.
  8. Elfwood literature collections: Free access to lots of science fictions and fantasy novels and other literature works.
  9. Online Medieval and Classical Library: Free access to online medieval and classical works.
  10. Online Novels: Links to lots of free accessible online novels
  11. On-Line Novels by RLC Authors
  12. Baen Free Library: Collections of different free novels and classic literatures
  13. Cyber-Books to Explore On-Line: Free access to lots of online literatures and novels
  14. The Internet Classics Archive: Access to free online literature works (Mainly Greco-Roman works, some Chinese and Persian, all in English translation)
  15. The Literature Page: Free access to lots of free fiction works
  16. Classic Bookshelf: An online collections of free classic literatures
  17. International Children’s Digital Library: A free online collection of children’s literatures
  18. Baldwin Online Children’s Literature Project: A free online collection of children literatures.

Download Free eBooks Compatible with Mobile Phones and Hand-Held Devices

  1. Audio books for free: Browse and download free classic works in audio(MP3) formats- categories found here includes Adventure, Crime Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Westerns, Thrillers, Martial Arts, Spy Stories,etc
  2. tx2ph.com collections of mobile ebooks: Download lots of free classic literatures and novels adapted for mobile and hand-held devices
  3. BooksInMyPhone.com: Browse and download lots of classic literatures adapted for mobile and hand-held devices
  4. EbookhoodFree access to tools for converting web pages and other document to formats that can be read with mobile phones and other hand held devices.


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