Open Access Databases

Below is a list of Free databases or open-access electronic journals and books evaluated and selected by the library staff to provide additional sources of information for researchers. Most of the electronic resources you will find in these sites are free and openly available for public use. 

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Philippine eBook Hub

Welcome to the Philippine E-Book Hub, your largest online library of Filipiniana e-books.

This website is designed for your easy access to Filipiniana works—those that are:

  1. printed in the Philippines.
  2. about the Philippines.
  3. written by Filipinos.

We search for and compile the available Filipiniana materials for them to be accessible to you—learners, teachers, and writers—from one single source, in high-quality versions, at no cost. We continue to expand our collection by establishing partnership with other libraries, both physical and digital. This blueprint makes the Philippine E–Book Hub the first of its kind.

Online Diksiyonaryo ng Wikang Filipino

The KWF Diksiyonaryo ng Wikang Filipino is an online dictionary originally based on the database first published in 1989 and updated to its third edition in 2011. The dictionary is continuously expanded with words coming from other Philippine languages, as well as foreign words which were assimilated into Filipino.


Scilit database is a free, unique and fast-growing indexing database of scientific and scholarly literature. It holds over 130 million works (journal papers, books, book chapters, conference papers, preprints, etc.) and more than 1.1 billion citations.

Open Research Library

The Open Research Library is an aggregation of peer-reviewed, open access, scholarly monographs which is hosted on the BiblioBoard platform.

Cambridge Open Access

Open Access (OA) is an important way to make research findings freely available for anyone to access and view. Cambridge OA serves authors and the wider community by publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed OA content that allows readers to redistribute, re-use and adapt the content in new works.

Rice-based Biosystems Journal

Rice-Based Biosystems Journal is a peer-reviewed online journal managed by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) through a competent editorial team, reputable advisory and editorial boards, and invited referees. They encourage publication of original research and review articles that have impact on and are interconnected with rice and rice-based crops. 

Internet Archive

Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

This is a free online library.  All the items on this site are freely available for download, either permanently or for borrowing for a short period.  At no charge.      As a biologist I have found this to be a very useful site.  Textbooks which are post-copy right are often available there.  Classic books, videos, etc, are posted here.  If, for instance, a student needed a text book in an area of biology, I would suggest that they search in this site, as often there are books from a few years ago posted here which can give useful background.  Some research articles are also posted here.  

As reviewed by Prof. Scott T. Meissner, Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Biology at UPD

ASEAN Digital Library


National Libraries from the various countries in ASEAN hold a great wealth of library resources that span the spectrum of formats – books, papers and manuscripts, maps, photographs, paintings and drawings, audio and video recordings, ephemera, and newspapers. All these can be digitised for easy access and much of this digitisation work has already been done. What remains, however, is the effort to draw together these national databases so that the repositories can be seamlessly searched and accessed.

ASEAN Digital Library

The ASEAN Digital Library is a regional project to aggregate and connect the digitised resources of National Libraries in the ASEAN region so that these repositories can be accessed through a single search facility. ADL will be a boon to users and researchers. In addition, ADL provides global exposure and visibility of ASEAN content; and engages citizens of ASEAN nations in sharing and learning about their cultures and heritage; thus nurturing an appreciation of the ASEAN Identity.

ADL is a project led by the National Library Board of Singapore, with support from the ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information (COCI).

For a quick overview of the ASEAN Digital Library project, please view the video below:

World Bank Open Knowledge Repository

The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is the World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products. Through the OKR, the World Bank collects, disseminates, and permanently preserves its intellectual output in digital form. The OKR is interoperable with other repositories and supports optimal discoverability and re-usability of the content by complying with Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) standards and the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).

By extending and improving access to World Bank knowledge, the Bank aims to encourage innovation and allow anyone in the world to turn Bank knowledge into solutions to development problems that will help improve the lives of poor people around the world.

Digital Science Dimensions

Dimensions is a next-generation linked research information system that makes it easier to find and access the most relevant information, analyze the academic and broader outcomes of research, and gather insights to inform future strategy.

Developed in collaboration with over 100 leading research organizations around the world, it brings together over 128 million publications, grants, policy, data and metrics for the first time, enabling users to explore over 4 billion connections between them.

Data and expertise that span the research lifecycle from Digital Science’s companies ReadCube, Altmetric, Figshare, Symplectic, Digital Science Consultancy and ÜberResearch make up Dimensions.