What are Open Educational Resources (OERs)?
OERs are openly licensed educational materials that are freely available to be used and remixed by anyone. Examples of OERS include: textbooks, lesson plans, syllabi, entire courses, and other supplemental educational materials. The movement towards openness has continued to gain momentum as a result of the increasing costs associated with higher education. For more information, please see our Textbook Affordability & Open Educational Resources Guide.
Below is a short list of resources where you can find open textbooks and other OERs:
- Open Textbook Library is a collection of textbooks that have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher-ed institutions, or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.
- OpenStax is a nonprofit organization based out of Rice University providing textbooks that have been peer-reviewed by educators.
- LibreTexts is a non-commercial open textbook organization initiated at the University of California, Davis.
- NCBI Bookshelf provides free online access to books and documents in the life sciences and healthcare.
- OER Commons contains a curated collection of open textbooks and supplementary resources for your classroom.
- Merlot II is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services.
Tisch Library provides financial support for faculty and instructors in the Schools of Arts, Sciences, & Engineering who are interested in adopting or creating open educational resources (OER) for their courses. Find out more about the Tisch Library OER Awards.