Los Angeles County Library
You can also access e-books through the county library system.
Visit LACountyLibrary.org/library-cards to sign up for 90-day access.
Los Angeles Public Library
The Libby app also can be used to borrow e-books, magazines, graphic novels and other digital materials. Use the app to put e-media on hold (up to 15 titles) and browse themed book collections compiled by library staff. E-books have the same 21-day checkout period as paper books, and you can renew them if there isn’t a waiting list. Residents can get immediate access to digital reading materials. You also can download or stream movies, documentaries, music and podcasts and enroll in online courses.
Download the Libby app to access the catalog. No library card? No problem. Register for a free card online at lapl.org.
This is a library of more than 60,000 free e-books, assembled by thousands of volunteers who digitize and proofread digital media. No fee, registration or special apps are required. Titles are available in Portuguese, French, Dutch, Finnish, Tagalog, Hungarian, Esperanto, German, Spanish, Latin and more.
FREE high school mutli-use titles, e-books and audiobooks, fiction and non-fiction, over 1500 titles
The website offers a daily selection of free e-books for Kindle, Nook, Apple and Kobo devices.
National Emergency Library suspended the waitlists for the 1.4 million titles in its lending library.
There’s also an online collection from the Smithsonian Libraries.
Visit archive.org and click “Books” at the top or find more information here
Open Library is an open online project of Internet Archive. Browse more than a million free e-books such as Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” and Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar.”
Visit openlibrary.org and sign up for a free account.
PDF Books World
Download PDF versions of poetry, plays, nonfiction and literary classics such as “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo.
Browse thousands of free books, including Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet.”
Visit manybooks.net and search by title, author or keyword.
Discover and download thousands of public-domain books such as Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” and J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan.”
Visit feedbooks.com and click on the “Public Domain” tab at the top.
45 places you can download tens of thousands books, plays and other literary texts completely legally for free
International Children’s Digital Library
You’ll find award-winning books for various reading levels, including a collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Browse literature in Hindi, Mongolian and other languages. You can search by age under Advanced Search.
Visit en.childrenslibrary.org. Registration is optional, but registered users can select a preferred language and save books to a personal shelf.
The Poetry Foundation
Launched by Poetry magazine, the foundation has a vast collection of some of the best poetry ever written. Check out the work of former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith as a starting place.
Visit poetryfoundation.org or download the free Poetry app on Amazon, iTunes or Google Play.
Award-winning children’s author and illustrator Mo Willems partnered with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to provide free, virtual art lessons every weekday. New “Lunch Doodles” episodes are published at 10 a.m. Pacific time and can be streamed online afterward.
Find it: Search kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems.
A little something for your inner kid...or younger sibling. Read Alouds of books by celebrities and authors.
Celebrities such as Amy Adams and Natalie Portman are helping ease children’s coronavirus anxieties by lending their voices to the #SaveWithStories initiative, which raises funds for kids who don’t have meals while schools are closed. Jennifer Garner recently read Jan Brett’s winter wonderland tale “The Mitten” and Josh Gad, who voices Olaf in the “Frozen” movies, read Shel Silverstein’s classic “The Giving Tree.”
Visit Search Instagram or Twitter and search #savewithstories.
Search this hashtag online and you’ll find authors reading their children’s books. Catch Dan Gutman reading “Miss Blake Is a Fake!” from his “My Weird School” series, or watch Susie Jaramillo sing-read “Little Sunny Sunshine” in English and Spanish.
Visit Instagram, Facebook or YouTube and search for #operationstorytime.
Sonnet a Day
Patrick Stewart, star of “X-Men” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” has been been reciting Shakespeare on Twitter.
Visit @SirPatStew on Twitter.