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Bookshare (Freely Available Books) – more than 9 000 free digital books on various topics. You might be interested in: Art and Architecture collection and its books: Principles of Art HistoryA Pictorial History of Costume From Ancient Times to the Nineteenth CenturyTowards a New Architecture124 Distinctive House Designs and Floor PlansArt Nouveau Graphic MasterpiecesPicassoThe Painter in OilThe Technique of Pencil DrawingPerspective for ArtistsAnatomical Diagrams for Art Students. Database is supported by non-profit organisation Benetech.  

Duke University Press (Art and Visual Culture) – open and free e-books, separate journals and books chapters on visual arts, published by Duke university (USA) press. During search select „Availability“: „Open Access“ and „Free“.

EOD (eBooks on Demand) – database on books published in  XVI – XX centuries. Notable collection Fine Arts and its books: Le antiquità di RomaGraphic illustrations of HogarthLectures on SculptureMemoirs illustrative of the art of glass-paintingThe Flemish, Dutch and German Schools of PaintingThe Palace of Architecture: a Romance of Art and HistoryHistoire de la céramiqueAncient unedited monumentsIconographie chrétienne. Database is created by Europe libraries in EODOPEN net. For free books in „All fields“ write in „kostenfrei“. 

E-Books Directory – notable collection Arts & Photography and its books: Introduction to Art: Design, Context, and Meaning; Building GreenMoving to Sustainable BuildingsArt, Design and Visual ThinkingA History of Art for Beginners and StudentsDrawing FuturesFamous European Artists.

EThOS (e-theses online service) – More than half a million PhD dissertations from United Kingdom universities. Free access is available on intitutions depositories. Downloading a dissertation may require a fee.

Getty Publications ir Getty Images – open access publications (300) and images (155 382) collections from The J. Paul Getty Trust organisation. Notable e-book collections: ArchitectureArt History and CriticismDecorative ArtsDrawingsPaintingsPhotographySculpture;

Peter Lang (Open Access Content) – open access books and chapters published by Peter Lang (Germany) press. Notable collection The Arts and its books: Chinese reverse glass painting 1720-1820Seeing Renaissance GlassLef and the Left Front of the ArtsLes modernes d’Egypte. During search select „Refine by access“: „Open access content“.

PHAROS (photo archives) – More than 90 000 art images from international consortium of photo archives.


Visuotinė lietuvių enciklopedija – open access encyclopedic articles, from printed Lithuanian encyclopedia. Electronic version is regullary updated. Notable topicsHistoryLithuanian languageArtMythologyScienceHeritageReligion.

Encyclopaedia Britannica – partially open and renewed British encyclopedia, published from 1768. Interesting topics: Humanities and Visual Arts. Subjects:  ArchitectureArts AwardsDecorative ArtFashion DesignGraphic ArtInstallation & Performance ArtPaintingPhotographySculpture. Picture gallery: Visual Arts.  Videos: Visual Arts.

The European Journal of Aesthetics – open access academic philosophy journal included in internationally recognized academic databases: Web of Science and Scopus. Published by Helsinki University Press (Finland) And Charles University, Faculty of Arts (Czech Republic).

RIHA Journal – open access academic journal on visual arts history, included in internationally recognized academic databases: Web of Science and Scopus. Published by The International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art (Germany). 

Res Mobilis: International Research Journal of Furniture and Decorative Objects – open access interior and furniture design academic journal in English and Spanish included in internationally recognized academic database Web of Science. Published by University of Oviedo, Art History and Musicology Department (Spain).

El Croquis – partially open issues on modern architecture (select Free Sample). Published by El Croquis Editorial (Spain).   


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