On the library shelves
Once you find a book you want write down the book's location and call number to locate the item on the shelves. Take the book to the circulation desk to check-out, or, if the book you want is in the library on the other campus, take the call number to the Circulation desk to get the book sent over for you to pick up the following day.
Many copyrights for books from the early 20th century and before have expired, making many of these older books, poems, and essays freely available online.
- Google Books searches the full-text search of books, and retrieves book previews and some full-view books.
- Because you are searching the full-text of the book, Google Books is great for finding content within books.
- Simultaneously search a number of open-access online book collections (such as Project Gutenberg)
- Nearly 400,000 free and copyright-free full-text books
- Search or browse over 20,000 e-books with expired copyrights.
- Includes books in multiple languages and audio books.
- Available in formats that are downloadable for portable e-book readers.
- Search or browse over 25,000 books that are freely available online in a number of formats.
- Includes contemporary "open-source" books as well as older texts with expired copyrights.
- Links to e-books on third-party sites.
At other libraries
There are a number of great libraries in the Bay Area to which everyone has free and open access:
- San Francisco Public Library »
- Oakland Public Library »
- Berkeley Public Library »
- UC Berkeley Libraries »
- SFSU Libraries »
- Prelinger Library »