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Books Online
Full-Text and Audio

  • eCLP: eBooks, eAudio and eVideo
    Customers with a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh library card may download electronic books and audio books from EBSCOhost and OverDrive.

United States - Directories

  • Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts
    The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts is a collection of about 14,000 “classic” public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.
  • Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER)
    The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) is a joint effort of many community colleges and university partners to develop and use open educational resources (OER) and especially open textbooks in community college courses.
  • Google Book Search
    Search the full text of books to find ones that interest you and learn where to buy or borrow them.
  • The Online Books Page
    The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet by providing a searchable directory to them. It is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Library and maintained by John Mark Ockerbloom.
  • Universal Digital Library
    An initiative headed by Carnegie Mellon University to digitize the significant literary, artistic, and scientific works of mankind.

United States - Online Collections

  • African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
    This Digital Library project from the New York Public Library includes a digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers.
  • Banned Books Online
    A special exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania's Online Books Page of books that have been the objects of censorship or censorship attempts, ranging from Ulysses to Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Bartleby Library: Great Books Online
    The classics of literature (poetry & prose), nonfiction, and reference free online.
  • Bibliomania
    Hundreds of searchable full text works of classic fiction, popular fiction, short stories, drama, poetry, dictionaries, research and religious texts, including Brewer's Phrase and Fable, and Reader's Handbook, Webster's Dictionary, The Koran, The Hobson Jobson Dictionary of Anglo-India Terms, Simonds History of American Literature, Dictionary of Synonymes, Dictionary of Quotations, Biographical Dictionary of English Literature, Roget's Thesaurus, A Dictionary of Quotations, more...
  • Children's Books Online: the Rosetta Project
    Probably the largest collection of childrens's illustrated literature on the world wide web. 1,700 plus pages of classic children's books published in the 19th and early 20th century. Produced by Editec Communications.
  • Classic Reader
    "All books published on the Classic Reader website are out-of-copyright, meaning their copyright protection has expired. This means you won't find the latest Stephen King, Tom Clancy, etc. You will find classic literary works from the start of the 20th century and previous centuries, from authors like Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, William Shakespeare and more." Most of the selections are fiction but there are some nonfiction works, like Jack London's People of the Abyss and Karl Marx's The Communist Manifesto. There is also a good collection of children's classics.
  • DailyLit
    If you used to subscribe to our "Books in Your Email" service, you might want to check this site out as a replacement. Many of the books are in the public domain and are free. Others are contemporary or bestsellers and require a fee.
  • Documenting the American South: Library of Southern Literature
    The "Library of Southern Literature" documents the riches and diversity of Southern experience as presented in one hundred of its most important literary works, the text of which come primarily from the Academic Affairs Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • The EServer
    Originally the English Server at Carnegie Mellon University, the EServer is now housed at the Iowa State University and provides access to over 30,000 works, mainly of scholarly interest.
  • The Harvard Classics and the Harvard Shelf of Fiction
    The most comprehensive and well-researched anthology of all time comprises both the 50-volume “5-foot shelf of books” and the the 20-volume Shelf of Fiction. Together they cover every major literary figure, philosopher, religion, folklore and historical subject through the twentieth century. Hosted at
  • International Children's Digital Library
    The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) is a five-year project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to create a digital library of international children's books. It is being conducted by the University of Maryland/College Park (UMCP) and the Internet Archive. One of their goals is to create a collection of more than 10,000 books in at least 100 languages that is freely available to children, teachers, librarians, parents, and scholars throughout the world via the Internet.
  • LibriVox
    "Acoustical liberation of books in the public domain"
    LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain
  • The Literature Network
    Over 200 full books and over 800 short stories and poems by over 70 authors
  • Litrix Reading Room
    Edited by Stan Jones, a book-lover in Anchorage, Alaska. All books currently available in the Reading Room are either out of copyright or the copyright holder has allowed free electronic distribution
  • The Modern English Collection
    A large collection of classic works online from the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia
  • Online Books Page
    Search 20,000+ full-text listings at this University of Pennsylvania website.
  • Online Medieval & Classical Library
    The Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL) is a collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization hosted at the Berkeley Digital Library SUNSite.
  • Project Gutenberg
    The Granddaddy of all electronic text sites! Mainly plain text files of classics.
  • University of California Press eScholarship Editions
    Over 1400 online editions are available here through a partnership with the University of California Press and the California Digital Library's eScholarship program. Over 400 of the titles are available to the general public; the rest are for University of California faculty, staff, and students only.


  • Australian Literary and Historical Texts
    A Collection of 18th, 19th and early 20th century Australian texts at the The Scholarly Electronic Text and Image Service (SETIS) of the University of Sydney Library.
  • Short stories at east of the web
    British web-design firm east of the web offers short stories on the web. Stories are organised into nine categories: fiction, romance, crime, sci-fi & fantasy, humour, horror, hyperfiction, children's and non-fiction.