8 Websites to Get You Free College Textbooks

When it comes to the cost of college, nothing is quite as unexpectedly expensive as textbooks.

This post aims to lighten the load a bit with eight of the best websites offering free college textbooks.


zLibrary was launched in 2009 as a project intending to make literature more accessible for all. You’ll find all sorts of texts on zLibrary from scholarly journal articles to academic texts to general-purpose books.

Library Genesis

With roots dating as far back as 1990, Library Genesis (or LibGen for short) is one of the oldest and most extensive file-sharing databases in the world.

Project Gutenberg

If you ever find yourself in a class that requires you to purchase some kind of classic piece of literature, consider checking out Project Gutenberg first.


Bookboon is an online textbook publishing company that focuses on making learning content for engineering and business students/professionals.


Founded by Rice University in 2012, OpenStax is a non-profit educational platform that has tons of peer-reviewed and openly licensed textbooks available for you to access.

Better World Books

Founded by students of the University of Notre Dame in 2002, Better World Books is an online reseller of new and used books.

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