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About the Library

The Online Library of Liberty is divided into two sections, the Library and the Forum.


The Library is where electronic versions of classic books about individual liberty are stored. These texts go back some 4,000 years and cover the disciplines of economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political theory, religion, war and peace. They are in a variety of formats - facsimile PDFs so scholars can view the original text, HTML for ease of searching and attractive layout, and text-based PDF EBooks for personal use. The Library also contains bibliographic information about the books as well as other "metadata" about the authors and editors.

Use the Find Author/Title to search the library catalog for key names and words from titles. Use the Advanced Search to do a full-text search of the books in the library collection.

See the User Guide to the Library for more information. 

Contributors: Many of the biographical and bibliographical descriptions in the Forum and the Library were written with the assistance of David Hart, Hans Eicholz, and Kristen Beach of Liberty Fund and Lauren Landsburg of Econlib.

[Image at left is one of Holbein's illustrations to Erasmus' In Praise of Folly (1511) - a scholar reading.] 

MARC Records


We would like to assist teachers and librarians to make better use of our online resources:

Henceforth, all new titles which go online will include down-loadable MARC records. We will be gradually adding MARC records of our other titles. See the Online Library of Liberty Series at WorldCat for a current list of our titles.

[At left a picture of Erasmus at his desk by Hans Holbein.]