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Free Tools and Other Resources
The World Wide Web is home to a wide world of tools that can make librarians' jobs easier. Use the filters below to find free tools to aid in collection development, marketing, and more!
NOTE: The information provided here is for the convenience of IHLS members. New tools and additional resources are added periodically.
Coursera has over a thousand free courses. Free courses are Coursera courses offered without charge to anyone who enrolls. They cover a range of topics. Degree programs and certificates are also…
Digital Public Library of America
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.
Directory of Open Access Journals
DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ is independent. All funding is via donations, 40% of which…
Options on edX range from free courses to paid certifications. They have over 90 global partners and were founded by Harvard University and MIT.
EveryLibrary is a nonprofit social welfare organization chartered to work on local library ballot initiatives. They do this by helping public, school, and college libraries win bonding, tax, and…
Feedbooks lets you discover thousands of eBooks, including new releases and the best collection of free public domain books, that you can read on any mobile device.
Free-ebooks.net includes access to downloadable ebooks, from published and nonpublished authors. You will need to register for this site.
Freebooksy is a source for finding free e-books.
GCF Learn Free
The Goodwill Community Foundation, through their GCFLearnFree.org site, offers free online technology training to users of all skill levels. From seniors learning computer basics to seasoned…
Goodreads is described as “Facebook for books.” It is a bookish social networking site where you can find out what your closest 20 million friends and colleagues are reading. Their mission is…
Google Digital Garage
Google Digital Garage has great free courses for those of you interested in exploring the world of digital marketing. There is even an option to earn a certification that can be…
Harvard University Free Courses
Harvard University's course catalog includes many free courses available to the public. The link provided takes you right to the course catalog, "free" filter already applied.
HathiTrust Digital Library
HathiTrust Digital Library is a large-scale preservation collaboration project from research and academic libraries that provides public access to digitized content from several digitization…
Health Science Librarians of Illinois
Health Science Librarians of Illinois sponsors and supports activities which promote and develop health science library services in Illinois. Our members promote health literacy by providing…
Help.org's mission is to provide support for people who are dealing with substance abuse and addiction. We do this through our comprehensive resources and guides, and connecting people with…