Free Downloads For Everyone (Even You!)
Richland Library offers a stellar collection of downloadable titles, information, and materials to our cardholders. But, did you know there is a lot of downloadable material available on the internet with no membership or library card required? Here are links to some great downloads and streaming resources that are free for anybody, anytime, anywhere.
Many older titles are no longer subject copyright restrictions. This means they can be distributed for free on the internet by anyone willing to make them into an ebook. The most famous source for copyright-free classics is the Gutenberg project. Below is a list of additional free ebook resources our librarians recommend:
- For elementary school age children - International Children's Digital Library: A digital library of outstanding children's books from all over the world. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and Microsoft Research.
- For elementary school age children - Storyline Online: Popular children's made into videos. This site uses YouTube and SchoolTube, so Flash and an internet connection are required.
- For middle/high school, and adult - Bibliomania: Download classic fiction, drama, poetry, and short stories for free. Over 2,000 classic texts.
- For middle/high school, and adult - Many Books: Free classics offered as downloadable ebooks. Alternate languages offered. Searchable by title, author, genre, and language.
- For middle/high school, and adult - UnGlue It: Free ebooks distributed by individual authors and institutions. Authors and publishers are compensated through crowdfunding campaigns, so this site will have a different selection of titles than other copyright-free ebook sites.
- For middle/high school, and adult - OpenCulture.com - Open Culture hosts curated lists of all sorts. This link will take you to a list of 500 free ebooks. Open Culture also hosts a list of over 150 free textbooks
Free TV and Movies
- Crackle.com - Movies and TV shows free. Create a watchlist, then watch anytime (requires internet connection). Includes mobile app.
- Legal Movies Online - Movies and TV shows streamed for free (requires an internet connection). Browse by type.
- Big Five Glories - Classic movies for free. Streaming - requires an internet connection.
- Hulu.com - Free movies and TV shows. Higher level of access is granted with a paid subscription. Because this site streams content, it requires an internet connection.
- OpenCulture.com - Open Culture hosts curated lists of all sorts. This link will take you to a list of 625 free movies to stream online.
Free Downloadable Audiobooks
- Librivox - Classic texts made into downloadable audiobooks.
- OpenCulture.com - Open Culture hosts curated lists of all sorts. This link will take you to a list of 550 free downloadable audiobooks.
- Archive.org - Archive.org hosts free video, live music, audiobooks, and ebooks. But our librarians recommend it for its free live music recordings in both streaming, and downloadable formats.
Free Online Learning
- Basic learning - GCF Learn Free: Lessons on technology, reading, and math provided by GCF (part of Goodwill Industries.)
- Basic technology - Digital learn: Technology training for everyone. Get up to speed on using computers, mobile devices, and other technology using self directed online tutorials.
- College Courses - Academic Earth: Many colleges are now publishing course materials online. Academic Earth brings together a collection of free online college courses from the world's top universities (Yale, MIT, USC, many more), along with thought provoking videos. Search by school, topic, or popularity.
- College Courses -MIT: Virtually all of MIT's course content is available for free online. Many other colleges are doing this as well (for a comprehensive list go to Academic Earth), but MIT offers the largest selection.
- From Open Culture:
Richland Library offers card holders a wealth of online and downloadable resources. Our downloadable collection of ebooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, and music is one of the largest you will find. And membership is available to you regardless of where you live. Get more information about becoming a Richland Library card holder.