How do I get free ebooks from the Internet Archive?


The Internet Archive can be a great resource for finding ebooks. You can always directly browse the Internet Archive's Open Library to find other books available for digital lending. These books are in BookReader, PDF and ePub formats (and Daisy for the print disabled).  


You may also come across them when looking for books in OneSearch.

Internet archive available for preview and borrowing

This means the book is available to you for loan, for free online. You will need to sign up for an Open Library account to borrow e-books this way.

Most books are available for either a short-term access for 1 hour, or a longer 14-day loan. If Open Library only has 1 copy of a book, it is only available for 1 hour loan. If there is more than one copy of a book, it can be checked out for either 1 hour or 14 days, depending on availability. If there are no copies available for 14-day loans, you can join a waitlist for the next available copy. More details can be found on the Borrowing Books basic guide page.

Books in the public domain can be downloaded for free by anyone. Books that are still subject to copyright can be borrowed via controlled digital lending. An account is not needed to search this collection, but you need to create an Open Library account to either read on their Internet Archive book reader or download in epub/pdf formats.


Internet Archive Open Library:
Access:  Freely available to the public
Subjects:  Open access


See also the Borrowing Books Through Open Library FAQ for more information on how to browse and download ebooks.

  • Last Updated Aug 25, 2021
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