Open Access / Free Resources

Local Resources

  • Cabell County Public Library is the local public library.  Please note that some of their databases are only available on-site.
  • Kanawha County Public Library offers a library card to any resident of West Virginia.
  • West Virginia Library Commission is the state library and offers a variety of educational resources to West Virginia residents.
    • is the collection of databases the West Virginia Library Commission provides to state residents.
    • WV History and Genealogy – The Library Commission provides a variety of resources for local history and genealogical research.
    • Additional databases can be accessed via the Library Commission.
  • WVDeli is West Virginia’s online arm of the public library.  Access is available with a current West Virginia Public Library card.  eBooks and eAudiobooks that can be downloaded and accessed via multiple devices/platforms.


  • AccessMedicine Covid-19 Central is a free, open source information center for the Covid-19 pandemic. Updated regularly.
  • CrossRef maintains a list of member journal titles for which it provides linking infrastructure services. The mission of this non-profit is “to enable easy identification and use of trustworthy electronic content”.  It is known to remove journals of dubious reputation from membership and thus from the list, so presence of a title on this list may be useful positive indicator.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. 
  • Elsevier Open Access Journals is a collection of fully peer reviewed and freely available journals available for download from ScienceDirect.
Search for Elsevier open access journals
  • SpringerOpen is Springer’s portfolio of fully open access journals and books, covering all areas of science. The entire content published with SpringerOpen is freely accessible online immediately upon publication. SpringerOpen views open access to research as essential in order to ensure the rapid and efficient communication of research findings. SpringerOpen publications are subject to high-level peer review, editorial, author and production services, ensuring the quality and reliability of the work.
  • Ulrich’s Directory lists and describes traditionally published and open access journal titles.   It can tell you whether a journal uses peer review, what discovery tools/databases index it, etc. 
  • Wiley Open Access publishes authoritative peer reviewed open access journals across many research disciplines. Wiley Open Access journals are supported by a network of authoritative journals and societies as well as internationally renowned editorial board members. All research articles published in Wiley Open Access journals are immediately freely available to read, download and share. Wiley Open Access publishes a number of online journals across biological, chemical and health sciences.


  • Project Gutenberg is an ongoing eBook collection project including older U.S. literary works which have exceeded their copyright protection and fall into the public domain.
  • Google Books provides access to millions of pages of in-print books (not all books will be fully accessible).
  • eBooks@Adelaide is the University of Adelaide’s (Australia) open access literature project which includes texts covering a wide range of topics such as travel, philosophy, religion, science, history and gastronomy.
  • The Online Books Page, created by the University of Pennsylvania, is a growing collection of free eBooks and currently houses special collections like a Celebration of Women Writers, Banned Books Online, and Prize Winning Books Online.
  • Open Culture provides free cultural and educational media: eBooks (fiction and non-fiction, including text books), audiobooks, movies, films, and language lessons.
  • houses thousands of reference, literature and non-fiction eBooks.
  • ipl2 is the first public library created for an Internet community.  It offers reference materials, fictional works, an Ask a Librarian feature, youth & children’s materials, etc.

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