Open Library

Open Library

Start with a search for a book.

  • Books that are freely available for reading or download will have an open book "read" icon next to them.
  • Books that have a "borrow" closed book icon next to them can be borrowed for up to two weeks. Go to the borrowing FAQ section for more information on borrowing.
  • Books that have a "lock" icon next to them are only available to those who are blind or visually impaired and registered with the National Library Service of the Library of Congress. Go to the print disabled FAQ section for more information on this program.


You can search for eBooks by checking the box that says "show only eBooks" when you search.

Once you've found an eBook, you can see its available formats: PDF, plain text, DAISY, ePub, DjVu, MOBi, and "Send to Kindle." Choose your format by clicking on it.

  • You will see a link that says "Read online" if a book is available for online reading. When you click on this tab, the book will automatically open up in your browser using the Open Library BookReader.
  • DAISY books are only accessible to the blind and visually impaired, as explained in the print-disabled FAQ section.
  • PDF will start a PDF download.
  • Plain text will show the text produced through an optical character recognition software process.
  • ePub will start an ePub file download. You will need ePub reader software installed on your computer, e-reader, or phone to read this file.
  • DjVu is a format that will stream book page images (not download).
  • Send to Kindle will send the book to your Kindle device. NOTE: This feature works only for Kindle owners in the U.S.

At A Glance

Open Library has millions of records for books that are not yet available in digital form; it also has nearly three million books that are available in digital form.
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