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Readers' Advisory and Reference Services: Free Reading Materials

Access Free Books

Below is a list of places to access free books around the web. If library patrons can't or don't want to check out library materials, this is a great way for them to access reading materials for free:

Advanced Reader Copies

Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) are copies of books that haven't been published yet. They are often given to librarians and reviewers to help build up excitement for the book. ARCs may have spelling and grammar errors and may vary slightly from the published book. They are not able to be sold, but they make excellent prizes for giveaways.

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Many of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.