Century Past Free Online Library

Helping readers find books in the world’s largest free online English language libraries. Plus free magazines, newspapers and article collections. We comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Online Library of Free Fiction Books

Gigantic selection of novels by popular authors in Romance, Mystery, Suspense, Sci-fi, Historical, Inspirational, Action, Fantasy, & more. Plus World Literature, Short Stories & Vintage Novels. Reading guides too.

Fiction for Adults, Young Adults & Children. Most links open books at Internet Archive.

If you’re seeking a novel on a particular subject, find the NonFiction page for that subject.  The entries called Collection and Search Results often contain many works of fiction, along with the nonfiction books.

Free Online Books in PDF

See the Menu at the top of every page for Directories of Free Online Fiction and NonFiction Books, Magazines, and more, on 400 pages like this at Century Past

Free Online Library

NonFiction Books

Huge selection of free online books on most of the subjects you would find in any library.  Special collections for Cookbooks, History, and Native Americans.

Our nonfiction subject pages contain entries for select ‘core’ books, plus entries for Collections or Search Results containing groups of related free books at Internet Archive.  Start at our Non-Fiction A – Z Directory to find your subjects.


Big collection of current magazines and back issues, published in the U.S. and other countries.  Also many titles no longer published, and smaller online-only magazines.  Start at our Magazine Directory.

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Free Online Books in PDF

Free Online Newspaper Library

Links to hundreds of current newspapers & other news sources, and archives of past newspapers. Most are free & in English. The U.S., and many countries worldwide.

Articles & Collections

A library of free online articles from magazines and newspapers, organized by subject. Hundreds of History-related articles plus other topics. Also podcasts & videos.

Plus links to free digital collections of historical maps & vintage photos.

Free Online Library
Free online library

The Great Lakes States Past & Present

Free books and articles for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio & Wisconsin, from earliest times to the present, all free. Each state, and the Great Lakes region, has pages for over a dozen subjects.

  Start at the Great Lakes States Directory.

For information about this site, see About Century Past Free Online Library.

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