Open Access Resources

The following are links to selected 'open access' publications, web sites, and resources focused on religion, theology, and philosophy:     Videos
  • Academic Earth - Providing open access to a range of free online courses and resources related to religion, philosophy, and more.
  • Bible Study Tools - Offering one of the world's largest free libraries of online Bibles & Bible study resources.
  • Christian Classics Ethereal Library - A digital library of hundreds of classic Christian books selected for edification and education.
  • Church Planting Resources - Free resources available from the non-profit 'Passion for Planting' organization.
  • Community College 'Open' Textbooks - Peer reviewed free and open textbooks for use in community college courses.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - A directory of a wide range of freely available, online Open Access Journals covering the arts and sciences.
  • Google Books - Search and preview millions of books and religious texts from libraries and publishers worldwide using Google Book.
  • OER Commons Textbooks - Information about open textbooks offered through Open Education Commons (OER).
  • Omega Alpha Open Access - Dedicated to advocacy of open access & research in the scholarly disciplines of religion and theology.
  • Open Journal Systems - An journal management and publishing system developed as part of the Public Knowledge Project.
  • O'Reilly Open Books - Publishers of quite a few free eBooks on open source techology.
  • Project Gutenburg - Offering over 33,000 free eBooks that can be downloaded.
  • Sacred Text ArchiveThe largest freely available archive of online books about religion and mythology.
  • Society of Biblical Research - Providing research & writing tools for biblical scholarship purposes.
  • Tyndale Open Access Resources - A comprehensive list of open access eJournals and eLibraries for the study and practice of theology.
  • Virtual Church Music Room - Links to free online music resources for the Christian community.
  • WikiMedia Commons - An online repository of freely licensed, sharable educational photos and images available on the internet.
  • Wikipedia - A free web-based encyclopedia that anyone can access, edit, or use.
  • World Digital Library - Providing free and open access to historical documents related to religions from around the world, coordinated by the Library of Congress & UNESCO.

'Open Access' Organizations

  • OpenStax - A virtual environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web.
  • Creative Commons - Helping people to share knowledge, research, and educational materials with others around the world.
  • EIFL Open Access - A global network of national library consortia advocating open access to knowledge for education & research purposes.
  • Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) - Representing the interests of Open Access (OA) journal and book publishers globally.
  • Open Content Alliance - A collaborative effort of public & private sector organizations to build a permanent archive of multilingual digitized text and multimedia material.
  • Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) - Supporting new communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries.

 * Find and share this link to over 4000 translations of the Bible online at  Also, check out the free archives of Charles Spurgeon's sermons and writings.

"By open access, we mean its immediate, free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose…”   -  See The Budapest Open Access Initiative

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The Apochrypha refers to documents that were not accepted into the canon of the Old & New Testaments by the orthodox church, though some of these books do appear in  the Catholic, Hebrew and Lutheran versions of the Bible.