General Open Access and Public Domain Resources

Open Access: Institutional Repositories

Search Engine OpenDoar

Ryerson Library Digital Repository

Open Access Books

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

Open Access Journals and Databases

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)




DMOZ (Open directory Project):

For a more comprehensive list of check the Library’s list of Open Access Databases

Open Access Encyclopedias



Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:

Encyclopedia of Laser Physics and Technology:

Course Search Engines

OCW Finder –

OCWConsortium Course Index –

OER Commons:

OCW Finder –

Open Access Textbooks

College Open Textbooks –

College Open Textbooks:

University of Minnesota Open Access Textbook Project:

The Orange Grove: Florida’s Digital Repository (higher Education Listings):

Open Access University Presses

Athabasca University Press (all titles, non-commercial use only):

University of Calgary Press (Print copy for purchase, free PDF):

University of Ottawa Press (selected titles):

Ohio State University (Selected Titles, non-commercial use only):

E-Commons @ Cornell:

Archival E-book collections

(All US material may not be in public domain in Canada, however you can link to any of these)

Project Gutenberg Canada:

Project Gutenberg USA:

Hathi Trust Digital Library –

Internet Archive –

Library of Congress, Manuscript Reading Room –

Perseus Digital Library Historic Collections –

University of Oxford Text Archive –

Creative Commons Licensed or Public Domain Image Resources

Flickr Creative Commons

Pixabay (many stock-like images released into the public domain, check licence)

Wikimedia Commons images

Canadian Illustrated News

Early Images of Canada

US Government Images (please read copyright statement as all images may not be public domain)

National Gallery of Art – NGA Images


Library of Congress (many in the public domain, or ok for educational use)


(Can be used freely for educational use, not all Open Access)


Open Video Project –

Ted Talks:

Youtube (Creative Commons licenced):