Free Book Search

Digital Libraries

Site Description
AccessMyLibrary is a web based federated search product produced by Gale (Cengage), which prefers to market the product as a "search engine", although it is more similar in technology and results to a portal or metasearch engine.
AJOL African Journals OnLine - A database of peer-reviewed, African-published academic journals.
Arts & Humanities Data Service Images, texts and datasets largely collected from UK universities.
The British Library The British Library (BL) is the London-based, national library of the United Kingdom. One of the world's largest research libraries, it has over 150 million items in all known languages and formats. The Library's collections include around 25 million books, along with collections of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 300 BC.
The California Digital Library

The California Digital Library supports the assembly and creative use of the world's scholarship and knowledge for the University of California libraries and the communities they serve. In addition, the CDL provides tools that support the construction of online information services for research, teaching, and learning, including services that enable the UC libraries to effectively share their materials and provide greater access to digital content.

Center for Research Libraries The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) seeks to foster and advance scholarly inquiry through cost-effective, cooperative programs that provide reliable access through traditional and electronic means to unique and unusual collections of library materials that are in all approprivate formats, international in scope, and comprehensive in disciplines.
Digital Library of Georgia

The Digital Library of Georgia is a gateway to Georgia's history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources.

DELOS DELOS is a Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries partially funded by the European Commission in the framework of the Information Society Technologies Programme (IST). The main objectives of DELOS are research, whose results are in the public domain, and technology transfer, through cooperation agreements with interested parties.
Directory of Open Access Journals This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. There are now 3687 journals in the directory. Currently 1263 journals are searchable at article level. As of today 211898 articles are included in the DOAJ service.
The European Library The European Library is an Internet service that offers access to the resources of 47 European national libraries. The European Library portal offers free searching, and delivers metadata records as well as digital objects: some free, others at cost.
FreeTechBooks A resource with free technical books. Links to free technical books. NOT pirated books.
Google Book Search Google Book Search is a tool from Google that searches the full text of books that Google scans, OCRs, and stores in its digital database. Formerly known as Google Print, up to three results from the Google Book Search index are displayed above search results in the Google Web Search service ( A user may also search just for books at the dedicated Google Book Search service. Google limits the number of viewable pages and attempts to prevent page printing and text copying of material under copyright.
Harvard Digital Library Harvard has been touting a digital library since 2000, but sadly, it is not worth searching as it is still nowhere near ready for showtime. Here is the link anyway.
Ibiblio ibiblio (formerly SunSITE and MetaLab) is a "collection of collections," and hosts a diverse range of publicly available information and open source software, including software, music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies.Ibiblio is run by the School of Information and Library Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with partners including the Center for the Public Domain, IBM, and SourceForge.
Library of Congress Digital Library Project The Library of Congress National Digital Library Program (NDLP) is assembling a digital library of reproductions of primary source materials to support the study of the history and culture of the United States.
MICHAEL MICHAEL stands for Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe. This web portal is offering simple and quick access to the rich variety of digital collections from museums, libraries and archives in different European countries.
Michigan Digitization Project The Michigan Digitization Project is a partnership with Google books to digitize the entire collection of the University of Michigan Library. The digitized collection, called MBooks, is searchable in the University of Michigan library catalog, Mirlyn, as well as in Google Book Search. Full-text of works that are out of copyright or in the public domain are available.
The Million Book Digital Library Project

The Million Book Project (or the Universal Library), led by Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science and University Libraries has digitized over 1 million books. Working with government and research partners in India and China, the project is still scanning books in many languages, using OCR to enable full text searching, and providing free-to-read access to the books on the web.


New York Public Library Digital Collection The New York Public Library (NYPL) is one of the leading public libraries of the world and is one of America's most significant research libraries. It is one of the largest public library systems in the United States and one of the largest research library systems in the world.
The Open Library One web page for every book ever published. It's a lofty, but achievable, goal. To date, there are about 30 million records (13.4 million are available through the site now), and more are on the way. There are 230,000 scanned books - FULL TEXT. Open Library is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive, and is funded in part by a grant from the California State Library. Try a search:
Scanned books only
Oxford Text Archive (OTA) An archive of electronic texts and other literary and language resources which have been created, collected and distributed for the purpose of research into literary and linguistic topics.
Pandora (Australia) Australia's Web Archive is the national web archive for the preservation of Australia's online publications. It was established by the National Library of Australia in 1996, and is now built in collaboration with a number of other Australian state libraries and cultural collecting organisations.
Perseus Project Tufts University's digital library initiative (humanities). [crash-prone]
RapidShare Filesharing site where a lot of books may be found. Not included in our searches as much pirated material is on the site.
Virtual Library

The World Wide Web Virtual Library was the first index of content on the World Wide Web and still operates as a directory of e-texts and information sources on the web. It was started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of HTML and the Web itself, in 1991 at CERN in Geneva. Unlike commercial index sites, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert. It is sometimes informally referred to as the "WWWVL", the "Virtual Library" or just "the VL".

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Wikibooks Wikibooks is a Wikimedia community for creating a free library of educational textbooks that anyone can edit. Wikibooks began on July 10, 2003; since then Wikibooks has grown to include over 32,427 pages in a multitude of textbooks created by volunteers.


Are there other ways to find books online?

Yes. You can try using BitTorrent. There is also a "Torrent" finder plugin for Firefox that will also search for torrents of books. Then you need a "Bit Torrent" application to downoad the "torrent".