E-Book Collections

A selection of Internet sites that provide access to full-text electronic books.

ACLS Humanities E-Book Restricted to Centre College Users Only
Full-text of over 2,000 scholarly books in history and the humanities. [More information]
American Verse Project (University of Michigan)
An electronic archive of volumes of American poetry. Most of the archive is made up of 19th century poetry, although a few 18th century and early 20th century texts are included.
Bartleby.com
English-language reference, verse, fiction, and nonfiction
British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832
An archive of electronic editions of poetry by British and Irish women written (not necessarily published) between 1789 and 1832
Christian Classics Ethereal Library (Calvin College)
A large collection of classic Christian literature
eBook Collection (EBSCOhost) Restricted to Centre College Users Only
An online library of electronic books consisting of a broad range of reference, scholarly and professional works from commercial and university presses [More Information]
Electronic Text Center (University of Virginia Library)
The Electronic Text Center's holdings include approximately 51,000 humanities texts in twelve languages, with more than 350,000 related images (book illustrations, covers, manuscripts, newspaper pages, page images of Special Collections books, museum objects, etc.). Note: Many of the texts available only to UVa users.
HathiTrust
A digital library that includes full text access to +3 million volumes in the public domain.
Kentuckiana Digital Library
There are over 1,000 texts in the Kentuckiana Digital Library. These include transcripts of oral histories (interviews), personal narratives, journals, and books about Kentucky or by Kentucky authors.
Library of Southern Literature (University of North Carolina)
Includes a wide range of literary works of the American South published before 1924.
Making of America (Cornell University)
Digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. This site provides access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.
Making of America (University of Michigan)
Digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.
National Academies Press
More than 4,000 titles on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health available in PDF format. All of the PDFs can be downloaded for free by the chapter or the entire book.
Online Medieval and Classical Library
A collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization.
Perseus Project
An evolving digital library of resources for the study of the ancient world and beyond, this site contains a major collection of images as well as the full-text of many classical authors.
Representative Poetry Online (University of Toronto)
Anthology of 4,700 poems in English and French by over 700 poets spanning 1400 years.
UC Press E-Books Collection
From the University of California, UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004, includes almost 2,000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction. While many of the titles are restricted to UC users, more than 500 of the titles are available to the public.
Victorian Women Writers Project (Indiana University)
Collection of works by British women writers of the 19th century. The collection represents an array of genres - poetry, novels, children's books, political pamphlets, religious tracts, histories, and more.
Wright American Fiction, 1851-1875
Attempts to include every novel published in the United States from 1851 to 1875. It includes works by well known writers such as Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, along with a great many forgotten authors, whose works may have been very popular in their own time.

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