Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization. The library currently includes over 750 textbooks, with more being added all the time.
The Open Textbook Library is supported by the Center for Open Education and the Open Textbook Network.
The following websites have libraries of open textbooks and other course materials like syllabi and other ancillary material. Some resources even include full courses.
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OER is not limited to text. There are tons of available multimedia resources from which you can draw content. The resources listed in this tab are not exhaustive but include an example of what's available.
If you need a particular kind of resource, our reference librarians are available to help you find it. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Audio material is often freely available through podcasts and websites like YouTube.
Did you know that you can also use existing library resources in your courses? Instead of or in a supplement to textbooks or OER resources, you can add articles, multimedia, and ebooks that are available through the library to your syllabus.
UDC library faculty are also available to help you find, review, and create OER material. To connect with a librarian, just email us at email@example.com.