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The best way to obtain a book to read is through the library in your town. Admittedly the computer card catalog might present a barrier to access for some users. But you are here on the computer. Chances are, that is not you. But if you do have a problem finding a book in your library, then ask a librarian. They are pleased to offer help in finding items in their library for you. The card catalog for your local library might also be online.

If you can not find what you want at your local library, ask your reference librarian about inter library loan. Many county libraries and even state libraries can access books from nearby libraries. They don't even charge you postage. Check into this. You might not have to buy the book you want to read. Red MORE about inter library loan. When you get to the Google search box, enter the name of your city and state to get nearby locations.

The Library of Congress in DC has most books. If you want to search for appropriate books, that card catalog might be a good place to start. Then if you know what you want, you are more apt to find it quickly. Also if you happen to be in Washington DC you can fill out a call slip at the LOC and someone will go looking for the book for you. No charge beyond taxes. Click HERE to be connected to the Library of Congress data base for a search.

There are books online available for a free download. The Gutenberg Project has an index. Click HERE to see it. Here is a sample.

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Project Gutenberg is the Internet's oldest producer of FREE electronic books (eBooks or eTexts).

Project Gutenberg is the brainchild of Michael Hart, who in 1971 decided that it would be a really good idea if lots of famous and important texts were freely available to everyone in the world. Since then, he has been joined by hundreds of volunteers who share his vision.
Now, more than thirty years later, Project Gutenberg has the following figures (as of November 8th 2002): 203 New eBooks released during October 2002, 1975 New eBooks produced in 2002 (they were 1240 in 2001) for a total of 6267 Total Project Gutenberg eBooks. 119 eBooks have been posted so far by Project Gutenberg of Australia.

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Electronic Text Collections in Western European Literature

This page lists Internet sources for literary texts in the western European languages other than English. Translations are mentioned only when they are included in collections of original language texts, or when they are themselves of interest. Collections are listed more or less in order of size; individual authors are listed alphabetically. EuRoDocs lists many historical and social science texts in western European languages.

There are eBooks for downloading. Click HERE to see what is available. is a great resource for obtaining books online.

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A Geographical Historie of Africa by Leo Africanus

This month’s featured text is A Geographical Historie of Africa, Written in Arabicke and Italian by Iohn Leo a More, Borne in Granada, and Brought vp in Barbarie... by al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Fasi, better known as Leo Africanus. Africanus was born in Granada sometime around 1494. As a teenager and adult, Africanus traveled frequently. On a return trip from Egypt, he was captured by pirates and given as a slave to Pope Leo X

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General -- Foreign Language -- Specialty

General SOURCE

These are large, general-purpose collections with substantial English-language listings. For archives that mainly carry other languages, see the foreign languages archive listings.

Project Gutenberg (over 10,000 texts, mostly book-length)

Via Web site at

Via FTP at Ibiblio (direct access to Gutenberg files, may be messy)

Internet Public Library Books (another book index similar to this one)

The English Server (over 30,000 texts, many short)

Electronic Text Center at UVA and its modern English collection (about 5,000 publicly available texts)

Humanities Text Initiative (at UMichigan)

CMU Universal Library Repository (various initiatives)

Wiretap Electronic Text Archive

Online Book Initiative (from

Oxford Text Archive (in the UK)

ATHENA (multilingual text index in Switzerland) archives (lots of e-zines and shorter or unpublished etexts)

The Bibliomania Library (from Data Text)

Project Bartleby (by Steven van Leeuwen)

Concordances of Great Books (search for words and phrases in 600 books)

Voice of the Shuttle and its English Literature section


Samizdat Express (eclectic collection of texts and pointers)

Xooqi (vintage fiction)

Eldritch Press (books with annotations and illustrations)

Litrix Reading Room (classic novels and short stories)

University of Toronto English Library

PSU Electronic Classics (PDF versions of classic texts)

University of California E-Editions (current scholarly writing)

Electronic Open Stacks (preservation digitization at Chicago)

National Library of Canada Electronic Collection (archives texts from or about Canada)

Blackmask Online (2500+ books, most free, many formats, with reviews) Digital Book Index (free and for-pay books online; registration-based) (full text search of many online books; coverage and currency unclear)

1st-Hand-History Foundation (18th and 19th century texts, mostly northwestern US and American Indian history)

The American Colonist's Library (primary sources for early US history)

American Journeys: Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement (at Wisconsin)

American Memory (historical texts and other media: Library of Congress)

Archives of The West (historical texts supplementing the PBS mini-series)

Buffalo Full Text (index of online books related to Buffalo, NY and vicinity)

CELT Project (Irish electronic texts)

Center of Military History (historical books and documents by the US Army)

Corvinus Library (Hungarian historical books)

De Re Militari (medieval military history)

Disability History Museum Library (books, images, and other artifacts)

Documenting the American South (at UNC)

Documents in Military History (300+ historical documents at Hillsdale)

Dumbarton Oaks Electronic Texts (Byzantine studies, Pre-Columbian Studies, and History of Landscape Architecture)

Early Americas Digital Archive (at Maryland)

Early Canadiana Online (2000+ texts in English and French)

eHistory Books (about 20 books, mostly in US history)

ETANA Core Texts (Near Eastern text archive; at Case Western)

Eighteenth Century E-Text (index at Rutgers)

Etexts in Irish and Connecticut History (at Quinnipiac)

Exploring Ancient World Cultures (at Evansville)

Fourth World Documentation Project (Indigenous studies; at

Historical Text Archive (at Mississippi State)

History of Economic Thought Archives (at McMaster)

The Internet Classics Archive (Greek and Roman texts)

Internet Medieval Sourcebook (at Fordham)

Internet Modern History Sourcebook (at Fordham)

Kansas Collection (regional historical resources)

LacusCurtius: Into the Roman World (history of ancient Rome: at Kansas)

Libro (Iberian historical resources, at the Univ. of Central Arkansas)

The Luminarium (medieval - 17th century English literature)

Making of America (mid-19th century American texts)

Manx Note Book (with full texts on the history of the Isle of Man)

Mardos Memorial Library of On-Line Books and Maps (US local histories and genealogical aids)

Memoria Project (Czech history; in Czech and Latin)

Mountain Men Diaries, Narratives, and Letters (at

National Park Service History Online Books (at

Nineteenth Century Schoolbooks (at Pitt)

Online Medieval and Classical Library (at Berkeley Sunsite)

ORB Library (medieval texts)

Our Roots / Nos Racines: Canada's Local Histories Online (in French and English)

Perseus Project (classical Greek texts in translation; at Tufts)

Renascence Editions (16th-18th century texts, ed. by Richard Bear)

Steam Engine Library (at Rochester)

Victorian Women Writers Project (at Indiana)

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1820-1940 (at Binghamton)


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