We provide Rand’s bestselling novels to educators to teach to students. We’ll send books and a teaching guide to you for free so you can focus on what matters most – teaching.


Why Teach Ayn Rand

More than 60,000 teachers have ordered four million books for their classrooms — Here’s why.


Ayn Rand’s dramatic and thought-provoking novels appeal strongly to young readers and inspire classroom discussion.


You’ll receive print copies of the books for each student — for free, including delivery.


This program is sponsored by fans of Rand’s novels who want students to have the opportunity to read them in school.

The book

Ayn Rand’s novels contain many elements that appeal to young readers. They are inspiring stories, with heroic characters fighting for their ideals. The novels portray events with profound and timeless significance, challenging readers to think not only about what will happen to particular characters, but what their own lives and the world should be like.


Pages  105
Students     8th – 12th Grade


Anthem is Ayn Rand’s “hymn to man’s ego.” It is the story of one man’s rebellion against a totalitarian, collectivist society. Equality 7-2521 is a young man who yearns to understand “the Science of Things.” But he lives in a bleak, dystopian future where independent thought is a crime and where science and technology have regressed to primitive levels.

All expressions of individualism have been suppressed in the world of Anthem; personal possessions are nonexistent, individual preferences are condemned as sinful and romantic love is forbidden. Obedience to the collective is so deeply ingrained that the very word “I” has been erased from the language.

In pursuit of his quest for knowledge, Equality 7-2521 struggles to answer the questions that burn within him — questions that ultimately lead him to uncover the mystery behind his society’s downfall and to find the key to a future of freedom and progress.

Anthem anticipates the theme of Rand’s first best seller, The Fountainhead, which she stated as “individualism versus collectivism, not in politics, but in man’s soul.”

The Fountainhead

Pages  694
Students     11th – 12th Grade


In her first notes for The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand describes its purpose as “a defense of egoism in its real meaning . . . a new definition of egoism and its living example.” She later states its theme as “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.”

The “living example” of egoism is Howard Roark, “an architect and innovator, who breaks with tradition, [and] recognizes no authority but that of his own independent judgment.” Roark’s individualism is contrasted with the spiritual collectivism of many of the other characters, who are variations on the theme of “second-handedness” — thinking, acting, and living second-hand.

Roark struggles to endure not merely professional rejection, but also the enmity of Ellsworth Toohey, beloved humanitarian and leading architectural critic; of Gail Wynand, powerful publisher; and of Dominique Francon, the beautiful columnist who loves him fervently yet is bent on destroying his career.

The Fountainhead earned Rand a lasting reputation as one of history’s greatest champions of individualism.

Atlas Shrugged

Pages  1,072
Students     11th – 12th Grade


The country’s top banker — a leading oil producer — a once-revered professor — an acclaimed composer — a distinguished judge. All vanish without explanation and without trace

A copper magnate becomes a worthless playboy. A philosopher-turned-pirate is rumored to roam the seas. The remnants of a brilliant invention are left as scrap in an abandoned factory.

What is happening to the world? Why does it seem to be in a state of decay? Can it be saved — and how?Atlas Shrugged “is a mystery story, not about the murder of a man’s body, but about the murder — and rebirth — of man’s spirit.”

Follow along as industrialist Hank Rearden and railroad executive Dagny Taggart struggle to keep the country afloat and unravel the mysteries that confront them.

Discover why, at every turn, they are met with public opposition and new government roadblocks, taxes and controls — and with the disappearance of the nation’s most competent men and women.

Will Hank and Dagny succeed in saving the country — and will they discover the answer to the question “Who is John Galt?”


What teachers are saying about the books

More than 50,000 teachers have requested three million novels to date. You can order review copies or a set for your entire class.

About The Ayn Rand Institute

Headquartered in Santa Ana, California, the Ayn Rand Institute offers educational experiences based on Ayn Rand’s books and ideas for a variety of audiences, including students, educators, policymakers and lifelong learners. ARI also engages in research and advocacy efforts, applying Rand’s ideas to current issues and seeking to promote her philosophical principles of reason, rational self-interest and laissez-faire capitalism.

Terms of Agreement

1. You must be a middle school, high school, or home school teacher or principal to be eligible to receive the books.,

2. This program is possible only because of donations from fans of Ayn Rand’s novels who want to give students the opportunity to read them in school. By ordering books, you agree to participate in a survey to share your feedback about this program and to offer a thank-you that we may share with donors. This feedback and thank you will be solicited after you have taught the books, and will be used to improve the program and to raise funds for more books.

3. You must plan to teach the books within one year of their receipt.

4. The books are not meant to be given to students for them to own. To the extent possible the books should be shared across classrooms and used for multiple years.

5. Books are to be used with the appropriate grade levels. The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged are for use with 11th- and 12th-grade classrooms. Anthem is available for grades 8 through 12.

6. Books are shipped only to schools in the United States and Canada.

7. You will cancel your order if something changes and you are no longer able to use the books. If you have already received the books, you will give them to another teacher who can use them. Please inform us of this change.

8. Participation in our essay contests is encouraged but not a requirement for receipt of the books.

9. Books received through this program are not to be sold or used for any purpose other than teaching students.

All questions or special requests regarding these terms should be sent to education@aynrand.org.

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