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E-books Guide @ HKBU Library: Open access e-books

Everything you need to know about finding and using e-books in HKBU Library and beyond.

Free e-book resources


There are many free e-books that you can read online or download to your e-book reader without restrictions. If you are interested in looking at free e-books, try these websites:

Open Access eBooks

E-Books@Hong Kong Public Libraries




Thousands of e-books are now available at the Hong Kong Public Libraries (HKPL), enabling users to get online access to books without having to go to the Library. The 11 e-book collections are suitable for personal study, research, as well as general leisure reading.

Google Books




Google Books is a digital repository of millions of books from libraries and publishers worldwide. It is a free Google service with hundreds of thousands of free and purchasable books and magazines that can be searched. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given Google permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy.

Hathi Trust Digital Library




Hathi Trust Digital Library is a large-scale collaborative repository to preserve and provide lawful access to the 17+ million digitized items. HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. HathiTrust offers reading access to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law, computational access to the entire corpus for scholarly research, and other emerging services based on the combined collection. 

Internet Archive




The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital collection offering free to books, magazines, audio and video files, maps, as well as archived web pages. It offers over 20,000,000 freely downloadable books and texts. There is also a collection of 1.3 million eBooks that may be borrowed by anyone with a free account.


臺灣華文電子書庫 Taiwan eBook Database    




Maintained by the National Central Library of Taiwan, Taiwan eBook Database is a big collection of digitized e-books across different subjects, aiming to make Taiwan's publication more accessible to scholars worldwide. The database includes works published from 1911-1949 and beyond.