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Using Ebooks: Open Access

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Ebooks and other open resources can often be found freely online. For example, UNESCO and the OECD often provide e-copies of books. 

For more information about OERs, check out the JISC guidelines below and the Open Education Resources (OER) LibGuide.

At right, you will find a brief listing of open resources including ebooks and ejournals.

OAPEN-UK Project

OAPEN-UK Project is a collaborative research project gathering evidence to help stakeholders make informed decisions on the future of open access scholarly monograph publishing in the humanities and social sciences. Funded by JISC and the AHRC, OAPEN-UK is a consultative project running from from October 2010 to spring 2015.


Logo of UCL IOE Press.

UCL IOE Press and its imprint, Trentham Books, are based at the UCL Institute of Education, and specialise in education, social science and professional practice. UCL IOE Press publishes some Open Access ebook titles. These are shown on the Books page, and available as PDF downloads.


Logo of UCL press.

UCL Press has a strong Open Access remit, with all of its publications available as free, downloadable PDFs.

A list of all available titles is available online. 


Resources for Free and Open Access Ebooks

Open Access logo.

• 100 Extensive University Libraries Anyone can Access. 

• BASE (Bielefeld Academic Research Engine for academic open access web resources).

• DOAB Directory of Open Access Books.

• Free Full PDF: Free pdf downloads including social sciences.

• Internet Archive: Digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts.

• OAPEN Open Access Publishing in European Networks.

• Project Gutenberg: Copyright free e-books.

• UNESCO Open Educational Resources: Teaching, learning, research materials.