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At Leighton University, and in accord with its spirit of stewardship, we’ve taken full advantage of this revolutionary opportunity as we grow and expand the University’s Library to include scholarly works  that Open Access (OA) digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

Leighton’s library has tens of thousands of e-books available 24/7 on your preferred device. You can access them via this page by publisher/platform name, or individually in the Library’s Catalogue.

Gain Access to e-Books Across Many Disciplines




Computer Science

Criminal Justice




Environmental Science






Paralegal Studies


Physical Science

Political Science



And Others

Focused e-Book Collection

This online eBook catalog allows you to search more than 850,000 authoritative titles from leading publishers, as well as an additional wide selection of focused or multi-discipinary ebooks.

e-Books General Collection

Annotated Inventory

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Text

This is a collection of public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy. Its purpose is to help facilitate a person’s liberal arts education. “Big ideas don’t fit on a mobile.” [Site Notes]

Berghahn Open Access Ebooks & journals

Berghahn Books offers open access titles in Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Film & Media Studies, Geography, History, and Mobility Studies.

BioMed Central

Part of Springer/Nature, BMC publishes open access journals in science and medicine.

Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

DPLA connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. All of the materials found through DPLA – photographs, books, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, artwork, government documents, and so much more—are free and immediately available in digital format.


DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books) provides open access to over 854 Academic peer-reviewed books from 25 publishers.

Google Books

Find the perfect book for your purposes and discover new ones that interest you.

Project Gutenberg

Provides access to more than 53,000 books in the public domain

Hathi Trust Digital Library

A repository provides access to public domain and in-copyright content from various sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives.

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive offers over 20,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts. There is also a collection of 1.3 million modern eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free account.

JSTOR Open Access Books

More than 6,000 Open Access ebooks from 75+ publishers, including Brill, Cornell University Press, De Gruyter, and University of California Press, are now available at no cost to libraries or users.

NCBI Bookshelf

Free online access to ebooks and documents in life sciences and healthcare.

Open Access on Project Muse

Project MUSE offers open access (OA) books and journals from several distinguished university presses and scholarly societies. Through open access hosting programs, Project Muse offers publishers a platform for their OA content, ensuring visibility, discoverability, and wide dissemination. These books and journals are freely available to libraries and users around the world.

PLOS (Public Library of Science)

Open access e-journals in science and medicine.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them, or read them online. You will find the world’s great literature here, focusing on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks for enjoyment and education.

Sage Open Access Journals

Contains pure gold open access journals published by SAGE. All articles published in the journals provide worldwide, barrier-free access to the full-text of articles online, immediately on publication under a creative commons license. All articles are rigorously peer-reviewed, retaining the academic publishing process’s quality hallmarks that authors would experience in publishing in any traditional SAGE journal.

South Asia Open Archives

A curated collection of open access historical and contemporary sources in arts, humanities, and social sciences, from and about South Asia, in English and other languages. Includes books, journals, newspapers, census data, magazines, and documents, focusing on social & economic history, literature, women & gender, and caste & social structure.

Southeast Asia Digital Library

The Southeast Asia Digital Library (SEADL) is an open-access resource to provide a wide variety of materials published or otherwise produced in Southeast Asia. Drawn mainly from the collections of universities and scholars, SEADL contains digital facsimiles of books and manuscripts and multimedia materials and searchable indexes of additional Southeast Asian resources. Nations represented in the collection include Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Standard Ebooks

The Standard Ebooks project is a volunteer-driven, not-for-profit effort to produce a collection of high quality, carefully formatted, accessible, open-source, and free public domain ebooks that meet or exceed the quality of commercially produced ebooks. The text and cover art in our ebooks is already believed to be in the public domain, and Standard Ebook dedicates its work to the public domain, thus releasing whole ebooks files themselves into the public domain.

The Public Domain Song Anthology

The Music Library Association Open Edition and first open educational score anthology is a permanent open-access resource published by the University of Virginia Aperio Press.

UMP Open Access books

University of Michigan Press publishes dozens of Open Access ebooks, which are free to access at any time.