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.
Open Culture provides free online courses, audiobooks, movies, podcasts, and ebooks.
Open Education Database
OEDb has over 10,000 free online courses from sources such as Udemy to Harvard on a wide variety of subjects. I recommend browsing by subject to help narrow down your search.
Open Library provides a large scale catalog of books.
Open Yale Courses
Open Yale Courses gives access to a selection of introductory courses taught at Yale. All recordings are available in video, audio and text transcript formats.
Open2Study There's a section for free courses as well as accredited courses that cost a fee. The entire website, including the free section, covers a wide range of subjects. …
OpenCulture has 1,250 free online courses from some of the world's most prestigious universities, such as Stanford, MIT, and Oxford. The courses are downloadable as well.
OpenLearning offers free courses but also uses a social media workflow, built-in galleries, wikis and blog pages to encourage collaborative learning.
Project Gutenberg offers over 57,000 free eBooks available for download or reading online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which copyright has…
RAILS Classifieds Page
RAILS libraries may list giveaways or for-sale items, or post inquiries about wanted items. All exchanges are the responsibility of the participating members, and RAILS delivery service…
RedCape has links to free resources for assistants as well as paid courses.
Reference and User Services Association
The Reference and User Services Association, acting for the American Library Association in its adoption of their Interlibrary Loan code, recognizes that the sharing of material between libraries…
School Library Journal Upcoming Events
School Library Journal has some good professional development options for school librarians, including online courses, in-person events, virtual events, and webcasts. Many are free.
STEM Activity Clearinghouse
In the STEM Activity Clearinghouse, librarians and library staff can find high quality, vetted STEM activities that are appropriate for library use. STEM stands for Science, Technology,…
TechSoup is a technology product philanthropy service that truly serves nonprofits, libraries, and foundations across the country, and around the world. They offer a product donation program,…
Beginning in 2001, the Illinois State Library in collaboration with a long list of e-resource providers launched Try-It! Illinois, an extensive database trial for Illinois libraries. Since then,…