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

Fall 2019 eBooks

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Course Materials in MNCAT Discovery

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


With UBorrow you can search and request books from 13 major research libraries. You will receive books 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 features tools and resources that can help students in their research process. Instructors may work with their department's subject librarian to enhance content on the library course page to maximize student success.

Course Reserves

We encourage instructors to use the Libraries Course Reserves service to create course reading and materials lists. Many of the items typically found in course reading lists are already freely available through the University Libraries. The course reserves staff work with instructors to make course materials available to students in one place in an easily accessible format. A course reserves page can also be integrated into Canvas

Content Acquisition and Discovery of Existing Resources

We can 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 integrated into your course environment. Utilizing library content saves students money. We can help you find it. 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 can impact 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 can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks that are licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. An increasing 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!