If you’re a college professor interested in offering Ayn Rand’s works to your students, the Ayn Rand Institute can help. We have free sets of books available for any purpose provided they are distributed for free to students. Professors have used them as required or for supplemental classroom reading, as recommended reading for select students, as gifts for event attendees and as awards in scholastic competitions.
Ayn Rand is one of the most hotly debated thinkers of our era. More than thirty years after her death, her ideas continue to influence today’s key intellectual debates. Rand’s works challenge us to rethink our views on fundamental issues and never fail to stimulate intense discussion among college students. By offering these works for professors to give to their students, we at the Ayn Rand Institute hope to encourage greater awareness and understanding of Rand’s thought-provoking perspective.
This free, downloadable teacher’s guide, published by Penguin and written by an Ayn Rand Institute expert, provides helpful learning strategies along with guides to the novel’s plot, characters and themes.
This video course provides a story overview and character analysis, background material on Ayn Rand and her times, and a detailed discussion of the main theme and related sub-themes.
Are you teaching Atlas Shrugged this year? Why not encourage your students to enter the Ayn Rand Institute’s Atlas Shrugged essay contest, with a chance to win the $20,000 first prize or one of eighty-three lesser prizes.
The copyright holder has made it easy to photocopy or reproduce electronically Ayn Rand’s nonfiction essays for classroom use. One-time, no-charge permissions are granted for the course duration.
This video course provides a story overview and character analysis, background material on Ayn Rand and the era in which she wrote, and a detailed discussion of the main theme and related sub-themes.
Would you like an Ayn Rand Institute speaker to visit your college or university for a guest lecture, panel discussion, debate or other activity? We can even connect by videoconference for smaller events and classroom visits.
Professors and grad students should consider the Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship, a nonprofit organization that supports scholars interested in Ayn Rand and Objectivism.
Whether you’re teaching Atlas Shrugged
for the first time or want to share lesson plans that have worked for you, our resources page collects materials tailored to the novel.
“Thank you so very much, ARI, for sending me free books! I use them as awards in my classes for my students who have excelled in some way. Such students often have a tremendous thirst for knowledge and are eager to engage with the ideas. Your books allow me to help them do so. The students love receiving the books . . . and have become quite competitive as a result! You have helped me bring a great deal of energy into my classroom!”
“This program has provided a way for me to get literature in the hands of my students. I cannot assign the entirety of The Fountainhead to them, but presenting the books to them as entertaining reading means that they will discover for themselves how the ideas of our class come from ‘real’ authors. They have had their fill of ‘dry’ ideas, but a novel engages their imagination. Thank you for this opportunity!”
“At The King’s College, we offer a major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics that exposes students to many different philosophical, political, and economic ideas. As Ayn Rand is an important figure in all three of those disciplines, I am excited to introduce students to her thought.”
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to have resources to place instantly in the hands of students who express an interest in individual liberty and a free society.”
“The book I received was Free Market Revolution by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins. The book is quite polemical and this makes for good classroom discussions pro and con.”
Professors and graduate students who are teaching at the college level are eligible to receive free books for use with students.
We encourage those requesting Atlas Shrugged to make their students aware of our Atlas Shrugged essay contest. Professors and graduate students are eligible for all teacher perks associated with the contest.
Books should be distributed to students for free. However, we request that each student receiving a book exchange an email address through which we may supply information about resources of interest. This helps us to understand the impact of our Free Books program and to ensure its continuation. A sign-up sheet that can be returned to ARI will be provided with the books.
Professors already receiving funds (be they from ARI, your institution or another organization) for activities that overlap this offer may be ineligible for free books.
Professors and graduate students may request a review copy of any title being offered.
Our supply of books and funding is limited, and requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. We cannot guarantee each request will be fulfilled.
Here is a sampling of the titles available while supplies last. Please see the request form for the complete list of titles. If you are interested in a book not listed, we will try to accommodate your request.
ATLAS SHRUGGED (1957): Ayn Rand’s masterpiece. It integrates the basic elements of an entire philosophy into a highly complex, yet dramatically compelling plot — set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of innovators and industrialists. The theme is “the role of the mind in man’s existence — and, as a corollary, the demonstration of a new moral philosophy: the morality of rational self-interest.”
THE FOUNTAINHEAD (1943): The story of an innovator — architect Howard Roark — and his battle against the tradition-worshiping establishment. Its theme: “individualism versus collectivism, not in politics but in man’s soul; the psychological motivations and the basic premises that produce the character of an individualist or a collectivist.” Ayn Rand presented here for the first time her projection of the ideal man. Roark’s independence, self-esteem and integrity have inspired millions of readers for more than half a century.
ANTHEM (1938): This novelette depicts a world of the future, a society so collectivized that even the word “I” has vanished from the language. Anthem’s theme: the meaning and the glory of man’s ego.
WE THE LIVING (1936): Set in Soviet Russia, this is Ayn Rand’s first and most autobiographical novel. Its theme: “the individual against the state, the supreme value of a human life and the evil of the totalitarian state that claims the right to sacrifice it.”
CAPITALISM: THE UNKNOWN IDEAL (1966): Essays on the theory and history of capitalism, arguing that it is the only moral economic system, i.e., the only one consistent with individual rights and a free society. Includes: “What Is Capitalism?,” “The Roots of War,” “Conservatism: An Obituary” and “The Anatomy of Compromise.”
PHILOSOPHY: WHO NEEDS IT (1982): Everybody needs philosophy. That is the theme of this book. It demonstrates that philosophy is essential in each person’s life, and how those who do not think philosophically are the helpless victims of the ideas they passively accept from others. Essays include the title essay, “Philosophical Detection” and “Causality Versus Duty.”
THE VIRTUE OF SELFISHNESS (1964): Ayn Rand’s revolutionary concept of egoism. Essays on the morality of rational selfishness and the political and social implications of such a moral philosophy. Essays include: “The Objectivist Ethics,” “Man’s Rights,” “The Nature of Government,” “The ‘Conflicts’ of Men’s Interests” and “Racism.”
FREE MARKET REVOLUTION (by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins, 2012): This national best seller looks at how our current crises are caused by too much government, and how Ayn Rand’s bold defense of free markets can help us change course.
Of course! Contact us at [email protected] and we would be happy to discuss this with you. We can even put you in touch with a scholar experienced in teaching Rand’s ideas to discuss incorporating her works in your class. In addition, we can arrange for an expert to visit your classroom by videoconference if you would be interested.
Please contact us at [email protected] and we would be happy to recommend specific resources. We maintain a collection of sample syllabi, and can point you to related books, online talks at ARI’s YouTube channel, and relevant courses at ARI Campus. We may even be able to help you develop specific resources for your classroom, such as question sets.
Requests are evaluated and filled on a rolling basis, and typically take 2 – 4 weeks for delivery. We may follow up with you for more information after receiving your request.