As part of our core mission of maximizing access to our shared culture, DPLA aggregates openly licensed ebooks and makes them available to libraries and the public. Our Open Bookshelf is a digital library collection of more than 10,000 popular ebooks free to download, formatted for modern devices, and handpicked by our Curation Corps of librarians from across the United States.
The public is welcome to browse the Open Bookshelf and download ebooks for free. No log-in, password, or registration required.
You can find our collection development policy here.
What's in the Open Bookshelf?
Open Bookshelf includes widely read and widely held titles from genres and sources such as:
Public Domain Classics
Academic Library and Press Publications
Creative-Commons licensed fiction and nonfiction
Non-English Language Books
Where to find Open Bookshelf
Open Bookshelf is available in three ways: