Open Library – An Amazing, Free, Online Resource

It’s not too long ago that I discovered¬†Open Library. Open Library is a wonderful, free resource where you can check out regular books in e-book format. The state of California participates in the In-Library lending program so I have access to an ever growing number of over 200,000 e-books. I’m not sure how it works for other states, but I think you can also check out many books for free, even if you aren’t in CA.

I’ve created two lists while browsing the Open Library of various books I may want to use in the future.

List One has a variety of books (680+ titles!) like:

  • The Golden Goblet
  • The Trumpet of the Swan
  • Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
  • Caddie Woodlawn
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves (punctuation)
  • Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals
List Two (328+ titles) includes books like:
  • Frog and Toad Together
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • HBJ Handwriting
  • Houghton Mifflin Spelling and Vocabulary
You can also do your own searches and make your own lists. Laughing

You first have to create an account (it’s free to do so). Once you’ve created an account, click on the title of the book you want to look at. If you want to check it out, look under the column titled “BORROW” and click eBook. From there you can choose if you want the book in PDF format, ePub or if you’d like to just read it in your browser. Downloaded books are read via the free program Adobe Digital Editions. I recommend reading your books in your browser or choosing PDF format for the best quality.

If you use the Open Library, please make sure and return each book as soon as you are done using it so someone else can check them out! Here’s how to do that:

How To Return eBooks through Adobe Digital Editions

  1. Open Adobe Digital Editions
  2. Click the Library icon at the upper left corner
  3. Move your mouse over the cover of the eBook you wish to return
  4. Find the arrow at the upper left of the cover and open the eBook menu
  5. Click “Return Borrowed Item”
  6. Click “Return” to confirm
  7. Done!

I love having access to the Open Library. It’s convenient and there are no overdue fees to worry about. There is a huge and ever growing selection of books for kids and adults you can read instantly.