We love books, especially when they are free! Thanks to Open Library, our students now have access to over one million free ebook titles.
Open Library is “open” for a couple reasons: First, it doesn’t adhere to normal business hours like your neighborhood library does, so you can check out a book any time, day or night. Second, it is an open community, which means that users are encouraged to add books, write widgets and, if they are so inclined, make improvements to the site.
Currently, over one thousand libraries are contributing selections to the site, so expect the number of titles to grow. We hesitate to call it a downside, but if there is a downside, it is that books can only be borrowed by one patron at a time. The upside is that you can read your books in a web browser or in Adobe Digital Editions as a PDF or ePub, so e-readers aren’t necessary.
Although much of the collection is made up of books from the 20th century, you will find contemporary books and a nice collection of young adult fiction and books for educators.