Full text electronic books available to you.
Last Updated: May 28, 2014
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Sources of free full text books.
- Digital Public Library of America
An ambitious attempt to bring together digital materials from libraries all over the country.
- Internet Archive
Digitized books from libraries and museums, as well as audio, video and even websites, preserved from the early days of the internet in their "wayback" machine.
- Project Gutenberg
Large inventory of user-contributed etexts (primarily "the classics").
- Google Books
Thousands of digitized books. Public domain books can be viewed fully. Copyright-protected books offer snippet previews.
Online versions of notable reference, literary, and nonfiction works.
- SCETI: Schoeberg Center for Electronic Text & Image
University of Pennsylvania digital projects home. "Over 12,000 images from various collections of rare books, manuscripts, papyri, photographs and sheet music..."
- Humanities Text Initiative
University of Michigan humanities text project.
- American Verse Project
The project is assembling an electronic archive of volumes of American poetry prior to 1920.
- Slavery & Abolition in the U.S.
Selected publications of the 1800s.
- The National Academies Press
Open access to over 2,500 online books published by the National Academies Press primarily in the areas of science and policy. (PDF)
- Southwest Electronic Text Center
Electronic text projects of significance to the Southwest. Hosted by the University of Arizona Library.
- UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004
University of California Press, over 500 open access titles.
- The Online Books Page
Listing over 35,000 free books on the Web (University of Pennsylvania)
Free ebooks in epub format. Compatible with Sony Reader, Adobe Digital Editions and other readers.
Many subject areas, including classic literature, in HTML, PDF, Mobipocket, and ePub format.
- Planet PDF
Free PDF versions of classic literature.
The SFCC Library subscribes to several full text ebook collections. You have access to these wherever you are 24/7 with just your Jack login.
- eBooks from EBSCO
Over 80,000 titles on a wide range of topics selected specifically for community colleges. Search the whole text of the books, or browse through pages.
- CREDO Reference
Over 500 reference works:encyclopedias for various disciplines, dictionaries, quotations, thesauri, encyclopedias.
- OED - Oxford English Dictionary Online
Definitive historical dictionary of the English language.
The Library has 5 kindles available for one week checkout. You can see what titles are available here and see loan rules here.
The column on the left of this page has links to free ebook sources on the web. Most of these books are classics and are in the public domain.
Here's a video to help you get started using eBooks.
Don't have time to stay on campus and read our ebooks online? Now you can check them out and download them onto your computer or flash drive, making them available for reading, even when you may not have internet access. Click below for instructions.