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Finding Open Educational Resources

The following collections of open educational resources are searchable, oriented by discipline, and often provide reviews. Collections in bold are recommended. The list is broken up into two categories: OERs from a single platform or collection and OER repositories. OER publishers and collections focus on open textbooks that sometimes include supplemental materials, whereas OER repositories can include open textbooks, courses, lesson plans, and more. Please note that this list is not extensive.

When exploring OER options, it is important to investigate across different repositories and collections. Each one contains different books and resources.

OER Platforms and Collections

  • B.C. Open Collection
    • Collection of resources created, reviewed, or adopted by instructors from universities in British Columbia.
  • GALILEO Open Learning Materials
    • Collection of open educational resources managed by the University System of Georgia and administered by Affordable Learning Georgia.
  • LibreTexts
    • Open textbook access and remix system widely used by UC Davis and The California State University.
  • Milne Open Textbooks
    • Catalog of open textbooks managed by Milne Library Publishing at SUNY Geneseo.
  • OAPEN Library
    • Online library and publishing platform based out of the National Library in The Hague.
  • OpenRN
    • Open Nursing textbook and virtual simulation project led by Chippewa Valley Technical College as part of the Wisconsin Technical College System consortium.
  • OpenStax
    • Catalog of open textbooks published out of Rice University.
  • Open Textbook Library
    • Library of open textbooks supported by the Open Education Network, OCLC, Colorado State University Libraries, University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The Open Textbook Library was integrated directly into the Grace Library online catalog in 2023.
  • Textbooks Collection (University of South Florida)
    • Free and open textbooks curated by the University of South Florida.

Larger OER Repositories

  • Directory of Open Access Books
    • Directory of peer-reviewed OA books and publishers, established by the OAPEN Foundation. Does not host books.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals
    • Global index of OA journals demonstrating an established publishing history of at least a year or more.
    • Repository of curated online learning resources, support materials, and content creation tools maintained by the California State University System.
    • Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS). Search engine out of SUNY Geneseo that searches across 76 different OER sources.
  • OER Commons
    • Repository of open textbooks, syllabi, lesson plans, courses, and more, supported by the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education.
  • Open Access Theses & Dissertations
    • Index of over 3.5 million electronic theses and dissertations.
  • Open Research Library
    • Repository of over 14,000 peer-reviewed, OA, scholarly monographs, searchable by discipline- and subject-based collections.

Other OER Options

  • Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
    • Repository of over 49 million images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States from partners including HathiTrust, the National Archives and Records Administration, the Smithsonian Institution, The New York Public Library, and more. The DPLA recently launched The Banned Book Club, providing free access to banned books in digital format.
  • Google Books
    • Mass index of scanned books that includes some full-text books, but mostly provides excerpts and previews.
  • HathiTrust
    • Digitized collections, books, and journals, from libraries and research institutions that includes free full-text access of materials published prior to 1923.
  • Internet Archive
    • A non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Two open collections created and maintained by IA have been integrated into the Grace Library online catalog. Learn more about IA.
  • Project Gutenberg
    • Free library of over 70,000 eBooks, available for download or to read online. The focus of this collection is on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.
  • WikiBooks
    • A collection of group-written textbooks provided by the Wikimedia Foundation. Follows rules similar to those of Wikipedia.