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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Textbook Library

Open Textbook Library 

The Open Textbook Library is a searchable collection of open 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 a low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.

All books in the Open Textbook Library have an open license, are complete textbooks, and are available as a portable file (e.g. PDF, ePub).

The Open Textbook Library is supported by the Center for Open Education and the Open Textbook Network.  

Search the Open Textbook Library

Kishwaukee College has access to the Open Textbook Library via Library SmartSearch.

  • Search Library SmartSearch for your subject (e.g. Biology, History)
  • Look under "Tweak Your Results" on the left and select Author/Creator. Click Open Textbook Library

Directory of Open Access Books: DOAB


Directory of Open Access Books  

The DOAB is a discovery service for Open Access monographs. DOAB provides a searchable index to peer-reviewed monographs and edited volumes published under an Open Access business model, with links to the full texts of the publications at the publisher’s website or repository.

OER Commons Open Textbooks & Supplementary Resources for Higher Education

The OER Commons Open Textbooks & Supplementary Resources for Higher Education features curated collections of Open Textbooks and supplementary resources organized by discipline and provider.  Includes the following disciplines:  Applied Science, Arts and Humanities; Business & Communications; Career & Technical Education; Education; U.S. & World History; Law; Life Science; Mathematics; Physical Science; Anthropology, Archeology, Cultural Geography & Linguistics; Economics; Political Science; Sociology & Social Work; and Psychology.  

Open Textbook Store

The Open Textbook Store curates and provides access to a listing of open textbooks in mathematics.  These open textbooks are available in digital format, but can also be ordered in print format for a reasonable price.

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources - Open Textbooks

Community College Consortium on Open Educational Resources

Subject-based list of open & free textbooks that may be appropriate for community college courses.  Most textbooks have Creative Commons licensing, GNU-Free Document Licenses, or are government documents that reside in the public domain. 

OpenStax College

OpenStax College, an initiative of Rice University, is a nonprofit organization committed to improving student access to quality learning materials.  OpenStax provides access to free, peer-reviewed textbooks.  

Writing@CSU Open-Access Textbooks

Writing@CSU Open Access Textbook page is a collection of open textbooks on writing gathered by faculty and staff at Colorado State University.  

Open Course Library

Open Course Library (OCL) is a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts. Some of our materials (also called open educational resources, or OER) are paired with low cost textbooks ($30 or less). Many of the courses can be taught at no cost to students. Unless otherwise noted, all materials are shared under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license.OCL courses and materials have undergone testing for accessibility and have been designed using the industry-standard Quality Matters (QM) rubric for assessing the quality of online courses.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

University of California Press E-Book Collection (1982-2004)

UC Press E-Book Collection

UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004, includes almost 2,000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction.  More than 700 of the titles are available to the public. 

OASIS Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS)

Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from many different sources and contains thousands of records. OASIS is being developed and updated by SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library.

Mason OER Metafinder

The Mason OER Metafinder helps you find Open Educational Resources. The OER Metafinder launches a real-time, simultaneous search across 21 different sources of open educational materials as you hit the Search button. Sponsored by George Mason University.

BC Campus

The B.C. Open Textbook Collection is home to a growing selection of open textbooks for a variety of subjects and specialties. Discover open textbooks that have been reviewed by faculty, meet our accessibility requirements, and/or include ancillary materials (quizzes, test banks, slides, videos, etc.).