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Simmons E-Books: Open Access E-Books

How to find and use electronic books from the library's catalog and beyond

Open Access

Peter Suber defines Open Access literature as, "digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions."

For more information on this topic, visit Beatley's Open Access Research Guide

Free E-Book Resources

There are a number of open access and free E-Book collections available online. Below are only a few examples of where you can access free E-Books online. 

E-Books Through Your Local Library

Public libraries are also providing E-books for check out to library card holders. Check with your local library to learn more about their E-Book services. For Massachusetts residents, the links below may be helpful. 

NOTE: You will need to have a library card with these libraries in order to check out E-Books through their services. 

Boston Public Library

CLAMS (Cape Libraries Automated Materials Sharing)

CW/Mars (Central/Western Massachusetts Resource Sharing)

Merrimack Valley Library Consortium

Minuteman Library Network

NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange) 

Old Colony Library Network

SAILS (Southeastern Massachusetts)