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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources

OER are any type of resources that have been designed for use in teaching and learning and that are: 1) freely available at any time and 2) published with an open license that enable users to reuse, revise, remix, retain, and redistribute them (commonly referred to as the "5Rs"). This could include images, videos, worksheets, handouts, and of course textbooks. 


Open textbooks are available to students free of cost in digital formats. Many open textbooks are accompanied with ancillary resources such as question banks, slides, instructor manuals, and adaptive quizzing platforms.


Varying degrees of 'open' exist between, and even within the sites below. It's important to assess each individual resource for it's appropriateness, accessibility and level of open. Need an intro to Open Education? Try these videos:


Finding Open Textbooks and other OER

There are many places where you can locate high quality OER. We recommend these to get started.

Additional sites: open resources mega sites that offer books as well as other OER teaching tools.

  • Assayer - Large catalogue of openly licensed textbooks. Also is a good place to find free books about math, science and computers.
  • AU Press - Athabasca University Press - free pdf and low cost print version of mainly Canadian books.
  • BCcampus -Textbook and other OER Catalogue.
  • BCcampus Open Textbook Directory - Established Open Textbook and OER collections.
  • BCcampus SOL*R-Shareable Online Learning Resources - Shareable, browseable and searchable open learning resources
  • Chemwiki - Open chemistry textbooks, assignments, experiments and more.
  • Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources - Advocacy, training, and links to college level open textbooks and other courseware.
  • Connexions - Content Commons of free, open-licensed educational materials in fields such as music, electrical engineering and psychology.
  • Global Text Project - "We publish open content electronic textbooks that are freely available from this website. We focus on content development and Web distribution, and we will work with relevant authorities to facilitate dissemination by other means when bandwidth is unavailable or inadequate. The goal is to make textbooks available to the many who cannot afford them."
  • HathiTrust Digital Library - HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries and their "aim to build a comprehensive archive of published literature from around the world . It provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives."
  • Knowledge Unlatched - "The Knowledge Unlatched model depends on many libraries from around the world sharing the payment of a single Title Fee to a publisher, in return for a book being made available on a Creative Commons licence via OAPEN and HathiTrust as a fully downloadable PDF."
  • National Science Digital Library - Access to teaching and learning materials in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Search by level, resource type, and subject.
  • OAOpen - contains freely accessible academic books mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences.
  • OER Commons - Worldwide learning network of shared teaching and learning materials.
  • Open Courseware Consortium - Collaboration of higher education institutions to share and expand their open course offerings.
  • OpenStax College - an initiative of Rice College, OpenStax offers free textbooks that are developed and peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they are readable and accurate.
  • Open SUNY Textbooks - "Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants".
  • Orange Grove Text - Florida's operational repository project of open source educational materials.
  • Saylor Free Education - Free to read versions of the texts at Flat World Knowledge
  • Textbook Revolution - "Textbook Revolution is a student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors. We want to get these materials into classrooms. On this site you'll find links and reviews of textbooks and select educational resources."
  • Wikibooks - Wikimedia's community for creating and sharing educational textbooks.

Open Textbooks as part of the KPU Library Collection

Found something you liked but would like to review it in print prior to adoption? We will try to get you a print copy! Once you have completed your review, we will put it in the library collection.

You can check our library catalogue and search for the keywords open textbook. We might already have the print copy you are after! Try it below!