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 Palace Bookshelf, formerly known as the Open Bookshelf, is a digital library collection of more than 11,000 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 Palace Bookshelf and download ebooks for free. No log-in, password, or registration required. You can also access it by downloading the Palace app for iOS or Android and choosing “Palace Bookshelf” as your library.
You can find our collection development policy here.
What's in Palace Bookshelf?
Palace 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 Palace Bookshelf
Palace Bookshelf is available in three ways: