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Finding E-Books

Library of Congress E-Books

The number of e-books from the Library of Congress grows every day, although the vast majority of the Library's books are still available only in print. Find Library of Congress e-books in the digital collections and via the in the Library of Congress Online Catalog, which offers searching and browsing options. In addition to thousands of commercially published books now in the public domain, many Library of Congress publications including annual reports, original research, bibliographies, and collection guides are generally available as ebooks. Sources for locating e-books from Library of Congress are listed below.

The Library of Congress offers a separate e-book, Braille, and large-print service for residents of the United States or American citizens living abroad who are also blind or unable to use printed books. The National Library Service for Blind and Physically Handicapped is further described, with links, at the bottom of the list.

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Library of Congress Digital Collections

Among the Digital Collections on the Library of Congress website are some that contain books, pamphlets, and/or other printed materials. File formats vary with some including page images, some with only transcriptions, and some with both.

E-books Copies of Print Materials

E-books and electronic copies of print materials held by the Library of Congress are linked from bibliographic records in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. The main providers of this online content are described and linked below.

National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS)

NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page.