Series Introduction

Public Domain Core Collection Team

The Public Domain Core Collection consists of over 50 titles of public domain works that have been created using Pressbooks and made available in online, epub, pdf and editable formats. Although the primary audience for this collection is students and faculty members in the post-secondary education sector in Ontario, the titles are freely available on the web to anyone who wants to read or adapt them for their own use.

Titles were chosen for this collection based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to post-secondary courses taught in Ontario
  • Frequency of appearance on syllabi listed in the Open Syllabus Project
  • Proposed usage in open assignments in courses at Ryerson and Brock universities during the Fall 2021 semester
  • Inclusion of underrepresented voices (including titles by BIPOC authors)
  • In the public domain

All texts are in the public domain (50 years after the death of the author) in Canada as of 2021. If you are accessing these texts from another country, please be aware that some of these works may not be in the public domain in your country. Supplementary materials (introductions, acknowledgements, etc.) are licensed under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.

Credit Statement

Adaptations of public domain texts do not require attribution; however, we would appreciate acknowledgement of the source of the work as follows:

This work has been adapted from Heart of Darkness, a title from the eCampusOntario Public Domain Core Collection. This work is in the Public Domain.

Content from the front and back matter is licensed under CC BY 4.0, and should be attributed according to Creative Commons best practices.

If you have suggestions for additional public domain titles that you would like to see in this collection, please complete this suggestion form.

This project is made possible with funding by the Government of Ontario and the Virtual Learning Strategy. To learn more about the Virtual Learning Strategy visit:


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