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E-Books: Internet Archive

What are Internet Archive e-books?

The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 435 billion archived web pages. The Internet Archive and Open Library offers over 6,000,000 fully accessible public domain eBooks.

Finding and Viewing Free Open Library ebooks

Internet Archive ebooks are accessed through Open Library.

Depending on the copyright status of the selected work, books can be read online in a browser or borrowed by creating a free Open Library account.


Clicking a title will take you to the book's record. Open Library may have several different editions of the book available to read or download.

If a title can be read online, the read column will provide a link to read online in a browser. This column also indicates a title's format options for downloading (if available).

Some titles cannot be read online and must be borrowed. Borrowing Open Library titles requires a free account. To borrow a book, click the eBook link under Borrow while viewing the title's record.



Five titles may be borrowed at a time through Open Library. Each loan period is 2 weeks, and the titles will automatically be "returned" at the end of the loan period. For more information on borrowing Open Library books, click here.

Note: On your personal desktop or laptop, some downloaded ebooks require Adobe Digital Editions (ADE). To successfully download titles, please ensure you have this free software installed before downloading.