Open Access eBooks

In addition to the electronic book collections that are available for the use of current ORU students, faculty, and staff only, thousands of eBooks are open access, which means that they are available free of charge at various Internet locations. The following are links to some major Web sites that provide free eBooks:

  • Bible Study Tools: Multiple versions of the Bible, an interlinear Bible, a parallel Bible, and other Bible study helps provided by Crosswalk.com.

  • Bible Verses: "A free version of the Bible created specifically for users with vision disabilities ... optimized for screen readers and braille displays, tailored to individuals with low vision, color blindness, and any other sight impairment."
  • Bibliomania: Includes more than 2000 free texts, study guides and reference resources.

  • Biblos.com: Originally created in 2004 as the Online Parallel Bible with many versions of the Bible in English as well as in multiple other languages, this site was developed to integrate the parallel Bible with various Bible study tools.

  • Biodiversity Heritage Library: "A consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global 'biodiversity commons.'"

  • Bitpipe.com: "The enterprise IT professional's guide to information technology resources. Browse this free online library for the latest technical white papers, webcasts and product information to help you make intelligent IT product purchasing decisions." Requires registration.

  • A Celebration of Women Writers: A collection of works by women writers gathered from over the centuries and from many countries.

  • Christian Classics Ethereal Library: Works from various Christian traditions.

  • Complete Works of Shakespeare: Drama and poetry.

  • Core Documents of U.S. Democracy: Documents which contain "information which is vital to the democratic process and critical to an informed electorate."

  • Digital Book Index: "Provides links to more than 165,000 full-text digital books from more than 1,800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. More than 140,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free."

  • Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB): A collection of academic, peer-reviewed books from various publishers."

  • Documenta Catholica Omnia: A massive database of historical church documents including Migne's Patrologia Latina & Patrologiae Graecae. The majority of the items are in Latin, many are in Greek, some are in English and Italian, and a few are in French.

  • Documenting the American South: A collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the early 20th century.

  • Duke Papyrus Archive: "The Duke Papyrus Archive provides electronic access to texts about and images of nearly 1400 papyri from ancient Egypt."

  • Early Canadiana Online: "These collections contain over 80,000 rare books, magazines and government publications from the 1600s to the 1940s."

  • Early Church Fathers - Additional Texts: Edited by Roger Pearse, "these English translations are all out of copyright, but were not included in the 38-volume collection of Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.... The texts are listed in chronological order."

  • Early Modern Philosophy: English versions of key texts by such early modern philosophers as Bacon, Berkeley, Descartes, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Leibniz, Locke, Malebranche, Mill, Reid, and Spinoza, "prepared with a view to making them easier to read while leaving intact the main arguments, doctrines, and lines of thought." Created by Jonathan Bennett.

  • ebrary: Free "Open Access" Collections: A small set of free eBook collections provided via ebrary.
  • The EServer: Also known as the English Server. "A growing online community where hundreds of writers, artists, editors and scholars gather to publish and discuss their works."
  • The Franciscan Archive: "A WWW Resource on St. Francis and Franciscanism."

  • FreeTechBooks.com: "This site lists free online computer science and engineering books and lecture notes , all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet."

  • Gallica: la bibliothèque numérique: The Bibliothèque nationale de France provides this library of French and francophone culture. It includes over a million electronic texts, documents, images, animations, maps, and sound files, and covers such subject areas as economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political science, and science.

  • The Gnostic Society Library: "Includes over a thousand documents related to the Gnostic tradition, including all major Gnostic writings and anti-Gnostic patristic texts." The collection is searchable here.

  • Google Books: Allows searching of digitized books. If a book is under copyright, a search result will provide basic bibliographic information about it, and "in many cases, a few snippets – a few sentences showing your search term in context. If the book is out of copyright, you'll be able to view and download the entire book. In all cases, you'll see links directing you to online bookstores where you can buy the book and libraries where you can borrow it."

  • HathiTrust Digital Library: Includes some 2,887,976 digitized volumes in the public domain, of over 10 million total.

  • HebrewBooks.org : 15,000 Classical Hebrew Books for Free Download. Tutorial.

  • The Hebrew Text of the Tanach

  • The Holy Father: Access to papal encyclicals, homilies, letters, and other documents from Leo XIII to Benedict XVI provided by the Vatican website.

  • Humanities Text Initiative: Electronic resources provided by the University of Michigan.

  • Hypertexts @ the University of Virginia: American Studies.

  • InTechOpen: Open Science|Open Minds: "A pioneer and world's largest multidisciplinary open access publisher of books covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine." Includes the full text of more than 2,350 books and 6 journals.
  • Thomas A. Edison Papers: "Over five million pages of documents . . . chronicle one of the most creative technical innovators in the history of the world—Thomas Alva Edison."

  • Thomas Aquinas' Works in English: Read English translations of many, if not most, of St. Thomas's theological and philosophical works including both of his Summas and his commentary on Lombard's Sentences as well as his Quaestiones Disputatae, his Opuscula, and his commentaries on Aristotle and on the Bible. Available from Joseph Kenny, O.P., of the Dominican Institute associated with the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.

  • Tyndale Seminary's Virtual Reading Rooms: Organized links to texts related to biblical studies, missional church, spiritual formation, theology, Christian ethics, and history of Christianity. See, e.g., the Karl Barth Reading Room.

  • The Unbound Bible: A collection of downloadable Bibles.

  • Universal Digital Library: "A free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books, available to everyone over the Internet."

  • University of California Press: "The eScholarship Editions collection includes almost 2000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction. Access to the electronic books is open to all University of California faculty, staff, and students, while select books are available to the public. Print versions of many of the electronic books can be purchased directly from the publishers."

  • University of Michigan Digital Library Texts: Contains 101 collections with 186,770 texts, some of which are restricted to use by authorized users only, i.e. University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students.

  • University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions: "Pitt Press has selected 762 monographs for open access.... The majority of these titles are out-of-print, but are now available online."

Updated May 16, 2016.