Public Domain Day


Public Domain Books Online

The Internet revolutionized the distribution of public domain books through a number of exciting projects.

HathiTrust is a partnership of major academic and research libraries, including the University of Oregon, collaborating in an extraordinary initiative to preserve and provide access to the published record in digital form. Congregating the digital collections of libraries throughout the United States and beyond, this digital library contains almost 15 million volumes. Of these works, 5.7 million are in the public domain and made freely available on the Web. 43,000 new titles were made available on HathiTrust on January 1, 2019 in their 1923 Publications.

Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive have both provided platforms for distribution for public domain ebooks in a variety of formats for ereaders and embedding on the web. You'll see an example of an Internet Archive BookViewer for Emily of New Moon!