“Born digital” open access books from Utah State University Press

Partial folklore collection in the Hathi Trust Digital Library.

  • 01 Primary materials (for example, collections of folktales and legends like Grimm's Household Tales
  • 02 Analytical studies (for example, The Anguish of Snails: Native American Folklore in the West, by Barre Toelken)
  • 03 Reference tools, catalogs, and indexes (for example, the Motif-Index of Folk Literature)
We provide “open” copyrighted books online so anyone can read them

Use Open Folklore search when:

  • 01 When you want to read a book in the public domain (usually, published before 1923)
  • 02 When you want to read recent books published in open access form
  • 03 When you want to read a copyrighted book that has been “opened”

What’s not here

  • 01Most books published between 1923 and 2000 (including “orphan works”)
  • 02At Hathi Trust and Google Books, you can search the full text of all books, both in-copyright and public domain. Results will appear with page numbers and sometimes snippets of text.


Tutorial on how to use the Open Folklore website to discover and access Open Access folklore books

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