Free Textbooks

Basic Information

I will be keeping links to legally free textbooks here. If you have any recommendations of repositories or books that I should include, please let me know.


University of Minnesota's Open Textbook Library

The Ohio State University's Ximera Project

American Institute of Mathematics Open Textbook Initiative is a searchable database of “books that are suitable for use in traditional university courses.”

Books By Subject

I do not list all the different licences here, but each pdf should include its own open license in the text.

The books listed here are far from a complete list, but are all books that I personally have used or considered using in teaching or research.

The books by Anthony W. Knapp are also available on his website, along with a brief history of the books and how they came to be freely available.

The book by Herbert S. Wilf is also available on his website.

Jim Hefferon's book is also available with more content (slides, labs, etc.) on his website.

Dave Witte Morris has his free books on his website, they are included individually below as well.

Allen Hatcher's website has statements about the copyrights and more information about his books. I include some of them below.


Algebra by Frederick M. Goodman

Basic Algebra by Anthony W. Knapp

Advanced Algebra by Anthony W. Knapp

Introduction to Arithmetic Groups by Dave Witte Morris

Abstract Algebra Theory and Applications by Thomas W. Judson


Generatingfunctionology by Herbert S. Wilf

Enumerative Combinatorics Volume 1 by R.P. Stanley is available for personal use from his website

Probability and Statistics

Dartmouth has an entire course called the Chance course. There you can find a textbook (also linked to here: Introduction to Probability by Charles M. Grinstead and J. Laurie Snell), web applications, and teacher's guide.


Ratner's Theorems on Unipotent Flows by Dave Witte Morris

Ergodic Theory, Groups, and Geometry by Robert J. Zimmer and Dave Witte Morris

Introduction to Proofs and Mathematics

Proofs and Concepts by Dave Witte Morris and Joy Morris

Book of Proof by Richard Hammack

Linear Algebra

Linear Algebra by Jim Hefferon

Linear Algebra Done Wrong by Sergei Treil. The copyright and more information is on Sergei Treil's homepage.

Linear Algebra via Exterior Products by Sergei Winitzki

Real Analysis

Basic Real Analysis by Anthony W. Knapp

Advanced Real Analysis by Anthony W. Knapp

Real Analysis for Graduate Students by Richard F. Bass. Here is a link to his website with errata.

Complex Analysis

A First Course in Complex Analysis by Matthias Beck, Gerald Marchesi, Dennis Pixton, and Lucas Sabalka


Algebraic Topology by Allen Hatcher

Last Updated October 29, 2016