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Where to find literature and poetry
Chicago Public Library
Access online ebooks, audio books, and magazines with Chicago Public Library ecard. To obtain ecard, fill out the ecard application available at the link below.
Borrow ebooks and audio books from your local participating public library.
The Internet Archive contains a vast amount of digital material from Grateful Dead concerts to ancient texts. Feel free to get lost in the material. For ebooks and audiobooks, see Librivox on Internet Archive (below).
LibriVox has audio books for books in the public domain and there are a lot of those.
Project Gutenberg has eBooks that are mostly older literary works in the public domain.
Digital Public Library of America
DPLA's Open Bookshelf has more than 6,300 ebook titles, including classic novels, children’s books, and non-English titles. Login or library card is not needed.
Feedbooks provides access to books in the public domain searchable by fiction, non-fiction, and genre.
Loyal Books offers public domain ebooks and audio books searchable by genre.
Authorama provides ebooks in the public domain organized by author.
The Poetry Foundation
Need a poem for reflection, inspiration, or a smile? The Poetry Foundation, located right here in Chicago, has a lot of poems! It has audio recordings too.