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 Hello!   Open Library is participating in our eBook lending program. Browse the growing lending library of over 250,000 eBooks!

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Borrow eBooks

Up to 5 titles for 2 weeks each, either in-browser or as a PDF or ePub.

Open Library account holders can borrow an eBook from the growing collection of mainly 20th Century titles available now. Each title can be borrowed by one patron at once, and you can read it in a web browser or in Adobe Digital Editions as a PDF or ePub.

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There are a few different types of Borrow links, just FYI:

In-Library Loans

There's a growing, cooperative pool of eBooks contributed by 1,000 libraries* participating in the In-Library Lending program.

Head to any of the libraries in the pool, log in to the WiFi, and you'll get access to a special set of over 100,000 eBooks. It's like an instant, hassle-free interlibrary eBook loan!

icon_ebook-avail Don't forget we also have over a million free eBooks available for reading online right now!

Open Lending

Any Open Library account holder around the world can borrow from a smaller collection of about 10,000 eBooks. Brought to you by the Internet Archive and its partner libraries.


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If we can't offer an eBook to borrow, we link into the WorldCat catalog to help you find a copy to borrow from a library near you.


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We've worked with OverDrive.com to connect our records into their local library eBook lending program. Here's a search to get you started

*If you're from a library that would like to join the In-Library Lending program, please register your interest!