Read the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions

How do I view/download a book on Internet Archive?

To view a book online on Internet Archive: Go to https://archive.org/ and key in the title of your desired book into the search bar.

To borrow/download a book from Internet Archive, you will first need to set up an Internet Archive Account by following these steps. Next, you will need to download the free e-reader app Adobe Digital Editions.

Further step by step guidelines on how to download and return a borrowed book from the Internet Archive are available here.

Where can I find reading apps for ebooks?

Amazon Kindle – offers a wide selection of books, magazines and newspapers. You don’t have to own a Kindle device to download books and it is freely available for PC, Android and iOS devices. Download instructions can be found here.

Google Play Books – offers a huge range of books and audiobooks to preview, purchase or view/download for free depending on copyright restrictions. If the book you want is in the public domain, it will be available for “full view” and can be downloaded for free as a pdf.

KOBO Books – Kobo is a free app (for Android devices) that allows you read eBooks, for purchase and for free. The desktop version is available to download here.

Cool Reader – supports a wide range of file formats, such as ePub, fb2, html, rtf, txt and more. This app also provides text-to-speech for free.

Aldiko Book Reader Free (Android) – This app supports EPUB, PDF formats and Adobe DRM encrypted ebooks.

FBreader – FBReader is a multi-platform ebook reader. It supports most popular ebook formats: ePub, fb2, mobi, rtf, html, plain text. It also provides access to network libraries that contain a large set of ebooks. Download books for free or for a fee. There are some differences between the Android and Apple versions.

Easy Reader Book App – Android and iOS reading app for people with dyslexia, low vision and blindness. We believe that no one should be prevented from reading, no matter what their print impairment. With EasyReader you can say goodbye to frustrating small print and inaccessible reading apps; our app has been designed for readers with dyslexia, low vision and blindness so the accessibility is built in and it’s unrestricted. Browse your favourite accessible book and newspaper libraries. Make the print as big as you need. Add audio to text only titles. Download the free EasyReader app for Android or iOS today and submerge yourself in 100,000s of books you can read.

How do I access podcasts and audio content?

You can access podcasts easily through your web browser (such as Google Chrome) on a computer, smartphone or tablet. Most podcasts are available for free via a podcast app. Some of the most popular audio apps and platforms to stream and download podcasts include:



Google Podcast

Podcast Republic – Podcast Player & Radio App

Apple Podcasts


How do I cite sources provided by open access research projects?

Information on Open Access Citation is available here https://libguides.ucd.ie/data/licence

See UCD’s Academic Integrity – Referencing, Citation & Avoiding Plagiarism site for further information on correct citation.

Where can I download copyright free classic texts in Microsoft Word, PDF, Kindle Format?

There are 1000s of free books available to download using the e-reader apps mentioned above. There are also many large-scale repositories of copyright free texts including Internet Archive, Project Gutenberg (which contains over 60000 ebooks) and HathiTrust.