There are thousands of e-books, e-journals and articles are freely available on the internet. These resources are often out of copyright or works that authors have chosen to make freely available. The following list is of some useful free sources of e-books and e-journals.
Free textbooks in the fields of IT, engineering, business and economics, written mainly by academic authors. You normally have to submit an email address and sign up for the BookBoon newsletter to access content.
A service which harvests details of academic and mainly peer-reviewed books published on open access.
Public domain and freely available original works are available on this site. Supports a wide variety of file types enabling them to be loaded onto most e-readers.
Over a million books, journals, manuscripts and images, mostly in French, most published before 1900, all free, digitised by the Bibliothèque nationale de France.
Can, in some cases, be used to view online either the complete text or limited extracts from books. Select ‘Full View’ in the advanced search option if you are only interested in e-books you can view in their entirety.
A growing database of digitised materials from major US libraries. Many of the older items are publicly-accessible. Search the Public Collections for freely available full text items.
Home to more than a million free texts.
OAPEN is an aggregator of peer-reviewed academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences from a number of different European publishers.
Freely available e-books, which are available to University members to download.
Access to over 53,000 free books to download to your PC, e-reader or mobile device.
Includes around 500 readily available books from academic presses.
Indexes ca 30,000 freely available e-books.
publishes scholarly journals in a wide range of academic fields, including the social sciences, the humanities, the natural sciences, the biological and medical sciences, education, economics, and management.
Open Access Journal Search Engine provide access to many free journals
of the Institution of Education Sciences, allows you to search by topic for material related to the field of education
In addition to the free online libraries, there are a number of cost-effective monthly membership based online libraries available for students to sign up. A few of the providers are listed here below.