The following list of databases are free and open sources resources available to all members of the Mercyhurst community and the public. Contact the Electronic Resources Librarian for more information.
Primarily leisure reading, mostly science fiction and fantasy, but some non-fiction is included.
Free access to books on literature, reference, and verse.
Provides 1000+ free eBooks. You can download textbooks and business books in PDF format without registration. They are all written by highly respected professors from top universities in the world and cover topics such as economics, statistics, IT, engineering and natural science.
For grades 1-12, California has provided an interactive web site to provide information about electronic learning resources through an online searchable database. Includes over 6,000 resources including full text textbooks.
Along with the CIA's most popular resources: The World Factbook, Maps at CIA and the directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments, the CIA Information Management Services, identifies, collects and produces historically relevant collections of declassified documents.
COT is not a repository of open textbooks; the listings point to textbooks on many repositories. About half of the textbooks listed are on the copyright holder's own website.
Provided by M.I. T., the HTML versions of the plays provided here are placed in the public domain.
Connexions is one of the most popular open education sites in the world. Its more than 17,000 learning objects or modules in its repository and over 1000 collections (textbooks, journal articles, etc.) are used by over 2 million people per month. Materials are easily downloadable to almost any mobile device for use anywhere, anytime. Schools can also order low cost hard copy sets of the materials (textbooks).
The directory will be open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards.
Digital initiative from University of North Caroline that provides free access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture.
Books in Business, Computing, Education, Health, Science & Social Science.
Award winning monographs, coordinated with the American Historical Association, afford emerging scholars new possibilities for online publications, weaving traditional narrative with digitized primary sources, including maps, photographs, and oral histories.
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
A non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 150 billion archived web pages.
Provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening.
On this site you will find the full and unabridged texts of classic works of English literature.
Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history primarily from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The book collection currently contains approximately 8,500 books with 19th century imprints.
Although many of these books can be found elsewhere, this site has books in 36 languages.
Thousands of ebooks downloadable in multiple formats.
The National Library of Medicine's collection of over 700 healthcare and life science books.
A collection of freely available, previously difficult-to-access, academically-oriented digital resources that are easily searchable by anyone through WorldCAT. OAIster retrieves these otherwise elusive resources by tapping directly into the collections of a variety of institutions using harvesting technology based on the Open Archives Initiative (OAI). Developed at the University of Michigan's Library.
Maintained by the University of Pennsylvania Library with more than one million free books on the web.
OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories. Each OpenDOAR repository has been visited by project staff to check the information that is recorded here. This in-depth approach does not rely on automated analysis and gives a quality-controlled list of repositories.
The Open Education Group has been supporting open textbook projects in Utah high schools since 2010. Here are freely downloadable science texts for grades 7-12 for academic 2013-2014.
A downloadable eBook collection with books contributed from libraries across the country.
OpenStax College offers students free textbooks that meet scope and sequence requirements for most courses. These are peer-reviewed texts written by professional content developers.
Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.
Since 2008, the Saylor Foundation's free education initiative has focused on exploring the promise of the Internet to drive the cost of education to zero and expand access to quality open educational resources (OER). This collection is a work in progress.
Over 700 free electronic editions of academic books managed by the Publishing Group at the California Digital Library. Make sure you check BROWSE PUBLIC TITLES!
In an effort to reduce costs for students, the College of Education and Human Development has created this catalog of open textbooks to be reviewed by faculty members. Browse the subject list for free digital versions of these textbooks.
The University of Pittsburgh Press and the University Library System (ULS) have formed a partnership to make books published by the Press available online.
Provides access to transcriptions of works by British women writers of the 19th century.
A collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography American Fiction, 1851-1875. There are currently 2,887 volumes included.