• Don't forget - you can find all the e-books the Library owns by searching the Barber Library catalog!

    Have questions about e-books? Try our e-book help page.

  • Free e-Books on the Web

  • Note that in free collections, most of the full-text items are works that are in the public domain (no longer under copyright protection). The public domain is made up of items published prior to 1923. Many literary classics are available, but, generally speaking, you won't find textbooks or current popular fiction for free. If you're looking for newer e-books, search our Library catalog for e-books that we have purchased.

  • Digital Culture Books
    Published and made available on the web by the University of Michigan Press, this small but excellent collection consists of current, scholarly books. Most deal with topics relating to technology and society.

    Digital Public Library of America
    The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science.

    Folger Digital Texts
    Free, high-quality digital texts of many of Shakespeare's plays, from the renowned Folger Shakespeare Library. Easy to search and optimized for on-screen reading.

    Google Books
    Find books and popular magazines on Google Book.

    The HathiTrust is a non-profit digital library. 2.7 million items are available full-text.

    Free audiobook versions of books that are in the public domain.

    Living Books About Life
    Funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), and published by Open Humanities Press (OHP), Living Books About Life is a series of curated, open access books about life -- with life understood both philosophically and biologically -- which provide a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. Produced by a globally-distributed network of writers and editors, the books in the series repackage existing open access science research by clustering it around selected topics whose unifying theme is life: e.g., air, agriculture, bioethics, cosmetic surgery, electronic waste, energy, neurology and pharmacology.

    Making of America (MOA)
    Making of America (MOA) is an extensive online archive of digitized books and journals relating to the development of the US infrastructure. The collection currently includes over 250 books and over 950 journals that were originally published between 1840-1900.

    OAIster (Open Access Resources)
    Catalog of millions of freely available open access digital resources. It includes text, audio, video, images, and datasets.

    Open Library
    Open Library's official goal is to establish "one web page for every book ever published." Over one million free e-book titles.

    Perseus Digital Library
    A digital library project that began in 1985, Perseus is especially well-known for its collection of Greek and Roman literature.

    Project Gutenberg
    Project Gutenberg offers over 38,000 free e-books, including many literary classics.

    Wright American Fiction, 1851-1875
    A collection of over 2,000 works of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography American Fiction, 1851-1875.