In partnership with the University of Minnesota Bookstores, the University Libraries provides you with a list of free U of M required books. All books are free for U of MN - Twin Cities’ students to read online and to checkout.

Books in PDF format are available for download in their entirety.  

Check the list below to see if the library already has books for your course online, for free.

Spring 2021 eBooks

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If you encounter any difficulty with accessing an eBook below, please contact

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Course materials in Libraries search

Search for books and other course materials in the library catalog.


Search and request books from 13 major research libraries in UBorrow. Books arrive faster than with recalls or traditional interlibrary loan, and you can keep books longer. Try to UBorrow your course books!

Library Course Pages

The Library Course Page in Canvas has tools and resources that help students in their research process. Instructors can work with their department's subject librarian to enhance content on the Library Course Page to maximize student success. Look for the Library Course Page link in the course navigation of your Canvas course page.

Course reserves

Instructors can use the Libraries Course Reserves service to create course reading and materials lists. Many of the items found in course reading lists are already free through the University Libraries. Course reserves staff work with instructors to make course materials available to students in one place in an easily accessible format. Course reserves pages can also be added to Canvas

Content acquisition and discovery of existing resources

We help instructors find customized course content and materials already purchased through the University Libraries. The Libraries has access to thousands of full-text databases, journals, and e-books that can easily be added to your course environment. Use library content to save students money.

Contact your department's subject librarian or course reserves staff to get started.

Open textbooks

Textbook costs create a financial burden on college students that impacts their academic success. The rising costs of commercial textbooks have continued to outstrip inflation, adversely affecting access to higher education and student learning as students forgo buying textbooks altogether.

Open textbooks lesssen the burden of textbook costs. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks that are licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. A growing number of quality open textbooks are available for faculty to choose from.

Projects such as Open Textbook Library and OpenStax College provide access to free, peer-reviewed textbooks covering a wide variety of subjects. Learn more about open educational resources.

Chat service/Ask Us

Chat with a librarian 24 hours a day, or ask a question through our speedy email reference service. The many options for contacting the library for assistance are listed here. We can help you find the resources you need!