Ebooks and Beyond: The Digital Public Library of America

Monday, June 8, 2020

Have you had a chance yet to check out the ebook collections we mentioned in our For Your Reading Pleasure post?  Are you looking for more ebooks to read?  The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has a collection of free ebooks and much more on their website

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Digital Public Library of America 

The Digital Public Library of America is a free, national digital library that provides a single point of access to cultural heritage materials from more than 4,000 libraries, archives, and museums across the United States.  Their collection includes more than 6,000 ebooks which are free to download and read.  You can find their ebook catalog at https://freebooks.dp.la/collection/groups.  The collection contains literary classics, fiction and nonfiction, children’s books, textbooks, titles in foreign languages, and even materials on current events, such as compilations of documents related to the impeachment of Donald Trump and the Mueller Report. 

Primary Source Sets in the Digital Public Library of America

Educational Resources 

DPLA has much more than ebooks, however.  Their website provides excellent primary source materials for teachers and educators.  Resources available on their site include: 

For Genealogists 

We’ve heard that there are some budding genealogists using their extra time at home to dig into their family history.  Materials available in DPLA can assist you with this research!  Their family research guide provides an introduction to using their records in your search. 

Check out the Digital Public Library of America.  You can find free ebooks as well as a rich resource of primary source materials.  Take a look—you may be surprised at all you can find! 

Irene Patrick, Library & Info Mgmt Systems Librarian