Summer reading, watching, and listening for free!

A list of free sources for art, books, films, theater, and more in NYC.

Arts and Culture

E-Books, Anime, Comics, and Fanfiction

  • E-Books at BMCC*
    Search CUNY’s hundreds of thousands ebooks
  • Archive of Our Own (AO3)
    A nonprofit open source repository for fanfiction and other fanworks contributed by users. Archive of Our Own hosts over 6 million works in over 40,000 fandoms.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)
    Access to thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, and more! Get a library card!
  • Crunchyroll
    Massive streaming library of anime. The site is free but a premium subscription lets you watch without the ads.
  • HathiTrust
    Partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. To access their archives, log in as a Guest.
  • New York Public Library (NYPL)
    Download the Simply-E or Libby app to access millions of audiobooks and e-books in all genres. Get a library card!
  • Open Library from Internet Archive
    An open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published. Requires free registration to “check out” a book.
  • Project Gutenberg
    Over 60,000 out of copyright books.
  • Queens Public Library (QPL)
    Access to thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, and more! Get a library card!
  • Shonen Jump
    Many popular manga titles, with a strong back catalog and new chapters the same day as Japan.
    Asian TV shows and movies online for free. Premium access provides access to additional content and removes ads.
  • Webtoons
    Contains thousands of creator-owned content in many genres from around the world.


  • MUBI 
    A streaming service for film enthusiasts. MUBI offers contemporary and classic films from around the world. Students can sign up for a 30 day free trial.
  • Swank*
    Over 150 popular films such as Black Panther, The Godfather, Wonder Woman, and more.
  • For more film databases through BMCC see our video databases page.
  • A list of free film databases can be found in the “Find Films” section of this guide from the Graduate Center.


  • Naxos Music Library*
    Streaming music library of mainly classical and world music. Includes some pop and rock, choral, instrumental, gospel, poetry, spoken word, and relaxation music.


Performing Arts

Parks and Nature

*BMCC databases. Login with your CUNY login – what you use for Blackboard and CUNYFirst. If you are not able to access any of the BMCC databases, please contact us via the chat box on the right hand side of the page or email us.