Open Access Collections

To celebrate Open Access Week 2016, I have created this list of open access directories and repositories where you will find quality academic scholarship and teaching materials. While many of the repositories in this collection are multidisciplinary, the resources featured will be of particular interest to scholars and educators in arts and humanities disciplines.

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Open Access Collections

Why publish open access?

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DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books

The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact. Aggregators can integrate the records in their commercial services and libraries can integrate the directory into their online catalogues, helping scholars and students to discover the books. The directory is open to all publishers who publish academic, peer reviewed books in Open Access and should contain as many books as possible, provided that these publications are in Open Access and meet academic standards.

Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.


Digital.culture.books is an imprint of the University of Michigan Press dedicated to publishing innovative work in new media studies and digital humanities. We began in 2006 as a partnership between MLibrary and the Press, taking advantage of the skills and expertise of staff throughout Michigan Publishing. Our primary goal is to be an incubator for new publishing models in the humanities and social sciences.This means: developing open platforms that make openness part of the scholarly peer review process; establishing a model for press-library collaboration at Michigan and elsewhere; showcasing and extending Michigan’s leading role in the development of digital resources; encouraging and participating in a national dialogue about the future of scholarly communication. Digital.culture.books content is available to view for free online and for purchase in print and ebook format. Our titles are typically produced under an Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Creative Commons (CC) License, which allows for specific, noncommercial use. So as long as you attribute your use properly and follow the terms of the Creative Commons license, you don’t need to contact us for permission to use these works (although we would love to hear about what you’re doing, or if you have suggestions for other scholarly information to include on the site).

Open Culture

Discover thousands of free online courses, audio books, movies, textbooks, eBooks, language lessons, and more. This is a meticulously constructed, comprehensive and searchable collection of media incorporating 2000+ online courses, 700+ audio books, 700+ movies, 200+ textbooks and 800+ eBooks.

Open Humanities Press

OHP is an international community of scholars, editors and readers with a focus on critical and cultural theory. OHP have operated as a independent volunteer initiative since 2006, promoting open access scholarship in journals, books and exploring new forms of scholarly communication.

Open Music Library

The Open Music Library is a new initiative from Alexander Street to build the world’s most comprehensive open network of digital resources for the study of music. Curated by a community of music scholars, students, teachers and librarians, the Open Music Library brings together peer-reviewed journal articles, books and music scores from the world’s digital collections. Leveraging shared ontologies, linked open data and principles of the semantic web, the Open Music Library integrates disparate digital collections and establishes meaningful links between the items they hold. By aggregating, enriching and integrating valuable primary and secondary sources, the Open Music Library aims to not only advance the state of the art in music knowledge discovery, but also increase opportunities for creative reuse, and promote new possibilities for research and collaboration.

Australian OA monograph publishing

The Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) maintain a list of repository contacts for repositories in Australian and New Zealand universities.

OAPEN Library

The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences. OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality controlled collection of open access books, and provides services for publishers, libraries and research funders in the areas of deposit, quality assurance, dissemination, and digital preservation.

Routledge Free Resources

Taylor & Francis is excited to be able to offer free resources to help you discover and engage with topics across professional and academic communities.From our highly respected brand Routledge as well as known branded series, Psychology Press, Eye On Education, and Focal Press, we bring you insights from expert authors and leading industry voices.


Textbook Revolution is a student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors. We want to get these materials into classrooms. On this site you'll find links and reviews of textbooks and select educational resources. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable online as e-books, or some are simply web sites containing course or multimedia content.


Luminosa is University of California Press' new Open Access publishing program for monographs. With the same high standards for selection, peer review, production and marketing as our traditional program, Luminos is a transformative model, built as a partnership where costs and benefits are shared..

Bloomsbury - Bloomsbury Open Content

We’re committed to publishing the best scholarship in the social sciences and humanities AND for our content to be as widely accessible as possible.

Selected research publications are published on open content licences, meaning that the full text is available online for free in html format. These titles are also available to buy as pbooks and ebooks.

Internet Archive

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more. It is also home to the Wayback Machine which allows you to search the history of around 500,000 billion web pages which have been captured and saved over time.


ISSUU is a digital publishing platform and features 1000s of quality magazines and books which can be read online for free. issuu is a free electronic publishing platform for magazines, catalogs, newspapers and more. As a digital newsstand with over 21 million publications and 85 million active readers, issuu features leading and emerging titles in fashion, culture, arts, and hyperlocal content, all of which are accessible on any device. Issuu software is used by many online publications. Some of its partners include The New York Times, Vice, and V Magazine.


BCcampus is contributing to the development of an open future for teaching practices and educational resources. The B.C. Open Textbook Project is funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, and BCcampus is tasked with managing it. A goal of the Project is to provide flexible and affordable access to higher education resources in B.C. by making available openly-licensed textbooks in the highest-enrolled academic subject areas. Open textbooks are available in both print and digital formats. Some contain supplemental materials (e.g., test banks, quizzes, PowerPoints, etc.). Our open textbooks are openly licensed using a Creative Commons license, and are offered in various e-book formats free of charge, or print on demand books available at cost.


Find over 80 million publications, 8 million researchers and 1 million answers to research questions. ResearchGate is a network dedicated to science and research. Connect, collaborate and discover scientific publications, jobs and conferences. All for free.

Open Book Publishers

At Open Book Publishers we are changing the nature of the traditional academic book. Our books are published in hardback, paperback, pdf and ebook editions, but they also include a free online edition that can be read via our website, downloaded, reused or embedded anywhere. We are proud to say that our free online books are currently being accessed by over 20,000 readers each month in more than 200 countries. In addition, our digital publishing model allows us to extend our books well beyond the printed page. We are creating interactive books, and works that incorporate moving images, links and sound into the fabric of the text. More traditional titles are equipped with digital resources freely available on our website, including extra chapters, reviews, links and image galleries — these can be found on the individual product page for each book.

SpringerOpen books

The growing demand for open access publishing across all disciplines has led Springer to expand our open access program to fully open access books. As a further addition to our already established SpringerOpen journal portfolio we now offer authors in a wide range of areas within science, technology and medicine (STM) the option to publish open access books.

Creative Commons Australia

Creative Commons works to increase sharing, collaboration and innovation worldwide. It is an international non-profit organisation that provides free licences and tools that copyright owners can use to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material, legally. Releasing material under a CC licence makes it clear to users what they can or cannot do with the material. The six standardised CC licences each allow material to be used in a different way. is a social networking website for academics and used to share papers, monitor their impact, and follow the research in a particular field. is a participant in the open science or open access movements, responding to a perceived need in science for instant distribution of research and the need for a peer-review system that occurs alongside distribution, instead of occurring before it.

OpenStax CNX

OpenStax CNX is a dynamic non-profit digital ecosystem serving millions of users per month in the delivery of educational content to improve learning outcomes. There are tens of thousands of learning objects, called pages, that are organized into thousands of textbook-style books in a host of disciplines, all easily accessible online and downloadable to almost any device, anywhere, anytime. The best part? Everything is available for free thanks to generous support from Rice University and several philanthropic organizations.

Bookboon provides 1000+ free eBooks. You can download textbooks and business books in PDF format without registration. The books are financed by a few in-book ads. is the biggest eBook publisher in the world.

OER Commons

OER Commons is a dynamic digital library and network. Explore open education resources and join our network of educators dedicated to curriculum improvement.

Taylor & Francis Open Access eBooks

Routledge Books Open Access is a new initiative that allows authors and their funders to publish open access (OA) research monographs. Upon publication, Routledge Books Open Access titles will immediately be made available to access and download freely under a CC-BY-NC-ND license. In establishing this programme, Routledge is responding to wider developments within the scholarly research community and to those scholars seeking innovative and alternative publishing models to the well-established and traditional formats. It is a service for our authors and those funders who wish to support open access publication.

Khan Academy

Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. is a nonprofit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

Critical Commons

For Fair & Critical Participation in Media Culture

Saylor Academy Open Textbooks

100+ free, open textbooks for students, educators, and families. Hosted by Saylor Academy, a community built around free and open online courses.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP) (ISSN 2161-0002) was founded in 1995 as a non-profit organization to provide open access to detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy. The Encyclopedia receives no funding, and operates through the volunteer work of the editors, authors, volunteers, and technical advisers. At present the IEP is visited over 950,000 times per month. The Encyclopedia is free of charge and available to all users of the Internet world-wide. The staff of 30 editors and approximately 300 authors hold doctorate degrees and are professors at colleges and universities around the world, most notably from English-speaking countries.

Flat World Knowledge

Turning our focus to the greatest challenges in higher education today — high student attrition rates and a postsecondary system unable to serve a growing population of learners —we continue to move beyond digital textbooks to engineer a more comprehensive solution.


Scribd is a digital library and e-book, audiobook and comic book subscription service that includes one million titles. In addition, Scribd hosts 60 million documents on its open publishing platform.

E-Books Directory

E-Books Directory is a free web resource which contains links to free downloadable e-books, technical papers, documents, as well as user contributed content, articles, reviews and comments. E-Books Directory is a service to students, researchers and e-book lovers.


Discover thousands of eBooks, including new releases and the best collection of free public domain books, that you can read on any mobile device.


Use engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube.


Free online courses which can be completed anytime, anywhere.

New Books Network

The New Books Network is a consortium of podcasts dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing serious authors to serious audiences. We publish around 60 new interviews a month and serve a large, worldwide audience.

Academic Earth

Find free online courses, lectures, and videos from the best colleges in the country. Take online classes from schools like Yale, MIT and Stanford.

Open Learning Initiative

The Open Learning Initiative offers online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. Our aim is to combine open, high-quality courses, continuous feedback, and research to improve learning and transform higher education.

Education & Information Technology Library

As this Library continues to serve the growing research and learning needs of its subscribers, we realize the name should also adapt to and reflect the rapidly changing scope and emphasis on learning and technology.

The LearnTechLib is the premiere online resource for aggregated, peer-reviewed research on the latest developments and applications in Learning and Technology.

Encompassing more than 25+ years and 100,000+ documents of published international journal articles, conference papers, e-books, and multimedia content from 200,000+ leading authors, the LearnTechLib connects research and learning within one platform.

Welcome to Paperity

Paperity: the 1st multidisciplinary aggregator of Open Access journals & papers. Free fulltext PDF articles from hundreds of disciplines, all in one place.

Teach and learn psychology for free.

Noba is an open and free online platform that provides high-quality, flexibly structured textbooks and educational materials.


Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. We invite teachers, students, and researchers to join us in creating open educational resources and collaborative learning communities. To learn more about Wikiversity, try a guided tour, learn about adding content, or start editing now.


OpenStax is a nonprofit based at Rice University, and it’s our mission to improve student access to education. Our first openly licensed college textbook was published in 2012, and our library has since scaled to more than 25 books for college and AP courses used by hundreds of thousands of students. Our adaptive learning technology, designed to improve learning outcomes through personalized educational paths, is being piloted in college courses across the country. Through our partnerships with philanthropic foundations and our alliance with other educational resource companies, OpenStax is breaking down the most common barriers to learning and empowering students and instructors to succeed.

Lumen Learning

By replacing expensive commercial textbooks with free, high quality open content, open educational resources (OER) represent a largely untapped opportunity to make education more affordable, while at the same time improving student success.

Lumen Learning was founded to 1) expand a collective vision of what is now possible with OER, and 2) help K-12 and higher education institutions, faculty, and learners take full advantage of its benefits to cut costs and strengthen student learning.

Open Textbook Library

Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.

Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR)

Welcome to the Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR)! Here on our website you will find steadily growing holdings of freely available, full-text social science documents.

If you want to search for documents, you can use the simple search facility or the browse and search function.

If you, as an author, would like to permanently archive your publications and make them accessible in SSOAR, please use the add new document function. You will first be requested to register once with the repository using an email address. As a registered user, you can upload and manage your full texts. The registered email address will be used for further communication with you and to send you the terms of use agreement. Please read our Guidelines.

If you, as a research institution, a scholarly journal, or a publisher, wish to cooperate with us and to make a large number of publications, or the publications of your researchers, available to the public via SSOAR (so-called “secondary publication”), you can find out here about delivery routes and formats, read our Guidelines, and contact us.

College Open Textbooks

CollegeOpenTextbooks provides a comprehensive listing of English language open and/or affordable textbooks suitable for advanced high school, two-year college and lower division four-year college textbooks.

REFRAME – Research in Media, Film and Music

REFRAME aims to offer a range of scholarly and related creative and critical content – from relatively ephemeral or responsive forms of research output (project blogs, online film and video festivals, conferences and symposia, and audio and video podcasts) through to fully peer-reviewed online serials and monographic publications, and digital archives and assemblages.

OpenLearn: free courses from the Open University

Anyone can learn for free on OpenLearn, but signing-up will give you access to your personal learning profile and record of achievements that you earn while you study.

Open Access Button

Free, legal research articles and data delivered instantly or automatically requested from authors.