Online Libraries

The age of Web 2.0 brings incredible advantages. One of them is, without doubt, the vast number of resources available for near-zero cost. Here are just a few store-houses of knowledge I’ve discovered in my travels. More suggestions are welcome. The following, as you will probably be able to tell, are focused mostly on economics, politics, and theology.

Mises Institute Literature Library – libertarian, Austrian, anarchist, but also classical liberals and assorted others

Marxist Internet Archive Library – obviously many Marxists, but also a number of others from various schools (e.g., John Locke appears here)

Post-Reformation Digital Library – “a select database of digital books relating to the development of theology and philosophy during the Reformation and Post-Reformation/Early Modern Era (late 15th-18th c.). Late medieval and patristic works printed and referenced in the early modern era are also included.”

Online Library of Liberty – “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.” You’ll find things beyond mere libertarianism here; Richard Hooker’s magnum opus, The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, is available at OLL for example, along with Hugo Grotius’ On the Law of War and Peace.

Christian Classics Ethereal Library – many Christian works, including ANF and NPNF, along with all of Calvin’s commentaries and Institutes, and scores of other authors and works (e.g., everything from Dante’s Divine Comedy to Alvin Plantinga’s Warranted Christian Belief).

The Calvinist International – Well, it isn’t exactly a library, but it has a list of links to veritable libraries at the hyperlinked address.

And then of course there is and Google Books.

Enjoy, and learn!