Free e-books and e-journals

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.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

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.

Google Books

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.

HathiTrust Digital Library

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.

Internet Archive Text Archive

Home to more than a million free texts.

Free Book Spot offer thousands of free eBooks PDF


OAPEN is an aggregator of peer-reviewed academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences from a number of different European publishers.

Open Book Publishers

Freely available e-books, which are available to University members to download.

Project Gutenberg

Access to over 53,000 free books to download to your PC, e-reader or mobile device.

University of California eScholarship Editions

Includes around 500 readily available books from academic presses.

University of Pennsylvania Online

Indexes ca 30,000 freely available e-books.

CCSE- The Canadian Center of Science and Education

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

The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC),

of the Institution of Education Sciences, allows you to search by topic for material related to the field of education

Affordable Paid Library Access

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.

  • Perlego: Perlego offer access to over 200,000 Titles from leading publishers from just £10 a month.
  • Questia : Questia is operated by Cengage Learning and provide 94,000 eBooks and 14 million academic journals, newspaper articles and magazines from thousands of publishers around the world from $19.00 a month.
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