Open Access

Databases under the “Open Access” group are those you DO NOT need a “Username” and “Password” or “Access Code” to access. You can access the Open Access databases from any location.

Below is a list of Open Access databases.

  • African Law Library
    The African Law Library (ALL) is an innovative online portal available free of charge to all those interested in African law and governance. Established in 2012, the Library is an initiative of the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) whose purpose is to increase the prosperity of Africans by catalyzing the innovation spirit in Africa

  • BMJ Publishing Group
    This site hosted by the British Medical Journals Group provides, free access to the electronic version of its 23 specialist medical journals to developing countries.

  • Digital Library for Earth System Education
    The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) is a distributed community effort involving educators, students, and scientists working together to improve the quality, quantity, and efficiency of teaching and learning about the Earth system at all levels. DLESE supports Earth system science education by providing:

    * Access to high-quality collections of educational resources
    * Access to Earth datasets and imagery, including the tools and interfaces that enable their effective use in educational settings
    * Support services to help educators and learners effectively create, use, and share educational resources
    * Communication networks to facilitate interactions and collaborations across all dimensions of Earth system education

    DLESE resources include electronic materials for both teachers and learners, such as lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, visualizations, assessment activities, curriculum, online courses, and much more.

    Provides links to e-journals in all subject fields. Also lists journals with free online full text articles.

  • Gutenberg Library Online
    Project Gutenberg (PG) is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks.” It was founded in 1971 by Michael S. Hart and is the oldest digital library. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books.

  • Highwire
    This is a consortium of scholarly societies, university presses, and publishers, partnering to create an online collection of fully searchable research and clinical literature, free for developing economics.

  • Library of Congress Magazine
    Library of Congress Magazine (LCM) is published bimonthly to tell the Library’s stories, to showcase its many talented staff, and to share and promote the use of the resources of the world’s largest library.

  • Linguistics Library Online
    The Western European Studies Section (WESS) is a section within the Association of College and Research Libraries, which is itself a division of the American Library Association. WESS is professionally involved in the acquisition, organization, and use of information sources originating in or related to Western European countries

  • MIT Online Course Materials
    MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to put all of the educational materials from its undergraduate- and graduate-level courses online, freely and openly available to anyone, anywhere. MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

  • National Academies Press Databases
    The National Academies Press (NAP) was created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish the reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, operating under a charter granted by the Congress of the United States. The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine, providing authoritative information on important matters in science and health policy.

  • Online Digital Library services
    The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.

  • Social Science Research Network
    Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences.The SSRN eLibrary consists of two parts: an Abstract Database containing abstracts on over 646,200 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers and an Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 540,200 downloadable full text documents in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. The eLibrary also includes the research papers of a number of Fee Based Partner Publications.

  • UNESCO Libraries Portal
    UNESCO Libraries Portal gives access to websites of library institutions around the world. It serves as an international gateway to information for librarians and library users and international co-operation in this area.