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Books, Book Collections, Magazines, Journals and other reading materials that are in the public domain

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Books & eBooks | Book Collections & eBook Collections

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts - a collection of public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy. collection policy

American Museum of Natural History This link goes to their Internet Archive Collection

American Verse Project (CC0 1.0) - Electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920.

Artemopolis (CC0 1.0) - an online library of free, public domain science fiction literature.

Austrian Literature Online - a digital library with more than 15.000 documents from the 11. Century up to the present. Books, journals, newspapers, manuscripts, theses and scientific essays are available in digitized form or as PDF. - All the classic literature featured on this site, as well as illustrations within the book pages, are in the public domain. Other texts are Creative Commons licensed by - internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.

Bibliomania - Free Online Literature and Study Guides Public domain book selections from Gutenberg

Books about California a personal library of public domain e-texts and pictures about California and the old West.

Books from the Digital Library of India Collection is at Internet Archive

Boston College Library - Collection of books from Boston College at the Internet Archive. 5,879 5,931 5,936 Results at last check.

Boston Public Library - Books contributed by the Boston Public Library to the Internet Archive. 53,134 53,280 53,396 Results at last check.

Boston University Theses -Theses and dissertations from inception through 1950 inclusive at the Internet Archive. 4,507 results last check. (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) - a freely accessible portal to historic botanical literature from the Missouri Botanical Garden Library. botanicus at the Internet Archive. Copyright and Usage Policies

Brandeis University Libraries - Books from Brandeis University at the Internet Archive. 1,837 results at last check.

Brigham Young University - Books from the libraries of Brigham Young University at the Internet Archive. 21,109 results last check.

Building Technology Heritage Library a collection of American and Canadian, pre-1964 architectural trade catalogs, house plan books and technical building guides at the Internet Archive.

BYU Brussels Opera and Ballet consists of a selection of print and manuscript scores, libretti, mise en scène, programs, scene designs and other archival documents.

CARLI Material in this collection has been provided by The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois.

CARRIE: An Electronic Library

Catholic Bible


citebank BHL's citation repository, featuring open access content contributed by BHL partners and specialists working in the natural sciences.

Church History Library contain materials chronicling the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from its beginning in 1830 to the present day.

Claire T. Carney Library, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Collection

Classic Literature

Classic Reader (CC0 1.0) The site says all of the books on the site are in the public domain. Very cool. Always double check.

Comic Book Plus - Free And Legal

Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Delaware County District Library (Ohio) - offers a digital source of free eBooks for any taste, a vast range of titles in digital format and our free eBooks collection is growing all the time.

DocSouth "Documenting the American South"

Duke University Libraries

The Digital Comic Museum


Eldritch Press

Electronic Text Collections

EServer Books Collection! public domain in Canada

Film E-books

Folger Shakespeare Library (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Francis A. Countway Library

Free Classic eBooks (CC0 1.0) Thousands of free pdf and prc (mobibook) eBooks of out-of-copyright classic literature for kindle, nook, iPad, iPhone, android, Sony e reader, kobo ...

Learn Library - Free online books - Public Domain Books for Children. (many licenses) (CC0 1.0) This site has a published set of rules they following to ensure only books in the public domain are made freely available. Copyright - I do believe each book has its own copyright or license info.


Gaelic Books Books in Gaelic and related to Gaelic topics contributed by the National Library of Scotland.


Get Books 4 Free CC0 eBooks free to download

Get Free Ebooks - "All the ebooks within this site are legal downloadable free ebooks."

Getty Research Institute

Global Text Project

Google Books

Google Scholar

Henry G. Gilbert Nursery and Seed Trade Catalog Collection This online collection features selected catalogs from American nursery companies. online texts - This is an archive of texts without copyright.

Internet Library of Early Journals - A digital library of 18th and 19th Century journals

Internet Sacred Text Archive "Non-public domain contents " The largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet.

John Carter Brown Library an independently administered and funded center for advanced research in history and the humanities, founded in 1846 and located at Brown University

JustFreeBooks search engine

Juvenile Historical Collection housed in the Information and Library Science Library at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Letters of Note (CC0 1.0) - The Online Literature Library

Literature Project (audio)

Loyal Books


Masonic Library Free, downloadable public domain books related to Freemasonry.

Media History Digital Library A conservation and access project for historical printed materials related to cinema, broadcasting and recorded sound.

MIT Libraries

MoMA Library a comprehensive collection devoted to modern and contemporary art.

Montana State Library

National Library of Scotland This is a selection of items from the National Library of Scotland , which is an information treasure trove of Scotland's knowledge, history and culture, with millions of books, manuscripts and maps covering every subject.

North Carolina Digital Heritage Center

Northeastern University Libraries

OAPEN Library

Online Library of Liberty

Open Book Publishers

OpenLibra -The Free online bookstore: free PDF ebooks and books. Terms of Use

Open Library

Open Source Text Books

Out-of-Copyright Sci Fi Classics

Oxford Text Archive

Page By Page Books - (CC BY 3.0)

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library

Planet eBook - All our works are entirely free to download, read and share.

Planet Publish - Free PDF eBooks Archive

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg Australia - Online Books in the Public Domain

Public Domain Tarot Books -Classic Books

Read Print Library

Regional Digitization in Massachusetts, funded by LSTA Grant and administered by the Boston Public Library

Representative Poetry Online

San Francisco Public Library

School of Theology Boston University

Science Books Online

Smithsonian Libraries

Spanish Drama A collection for internal support at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

State Library of Massachusetts

State Library of North Carolina

The American Methodism Project

The Assayer

The Bancroft Library

The Complete Works of Shakespeare

The Corinna Project - On-line text base containing works by Russian female poets during the first half of the nineteenth century.

The Edgar Allan Poe Digital Collection Public Domain Mark 1.0

The EServer Drama Collection

The Getty Alchemy Collection

The Great Books - Both Ancient & Modern Books on Fashion, Bad Credit, Technology & More

The Internet Classics Archive

The James Allen Free Library

The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection

The Little Colonel Books

The Manga Library

The Mugar Memorial Library, Boston University

The National Academies Press

The Online Books Page

The Online Medieval & Classical Library

The Victorian Prose Archive

Thomas Crane Public Library

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library is a library in the University of Toronto, constituting the largest repository of publicly accessible rare books and manuscripts in Canada.

Tisch Library

UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004

UMass Lowell Libraries

University of Chicago Press ebook

University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries

University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

University of Massachusetts, Boston

University of Michigan Books

University of New Hampshire Library

University of Southampton Library

University of Victoria Libraries Collection

US National Library of Medicine The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in Bethesda, Maryland, is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Washington University Libraries The Washington University Libraries are a collaborative network of 12 academic libraries working to connect users with resources across the campuses of Washington University in St. Louis.

Web Books Publishing

Webcomic Universe

Wellcome Library The Wellcome Library is one of the greatest specialist collections on the history of medicine and the medical humanities. It houses over 2.5 million items of extraordinary range and diversity, including books, films, archives, manuscripts and artworks

Wellesley College Library - Books from Wellesley College Library at the Internet Archive. Over 6,000 results at last check. CC0 library of classic legends, myths and tales gathered from throughout the world.

Wikibooks a Wikimedia project for collaboratively writing open-content textbooks that anyone, including you, can edit.

Wuffle Comics - by Piti Yindee (CC0 1.0) This is what I call sharing! It belongs to everyone! Thank you!


Chicago Poems by Carl Sandburg (pd)

Public Domain Poems - Selected Public Domain Poetry from the Great Public Domain Poets - Yeats, Shelley, Whitman, Frost,Tennyson,Wilde, Browning, Hardy and many more!

Public Domain Poetry