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This guide provides information and discovery resources for OER.
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Open Educational Resources (OER)

"Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." - Hewlett Foundation

Featured Resources

  1. OpenStax – an initiative of Rice University with support from foundations like Hewlett and the Gate’s Foundation (peer reviewed)
  2. SUNY Open Textbooks – an initiative of the State University of New York libraries with support from SUNY grants (peer reviewed)
  3. MIT Open Courseware – openly published MIT course content that covers the humanities, social sciences, and sciences
  4. MERLOT – a project of the California State University System, contains links to open textbooks from a variety of sources (peer review indicators)
  5. College Open Textbooks – a project to drive awareness, adoption, and affordability of open textbooks with a focus on the first 2 years of higher education


Search several OER repositories at one time using our custom Google Search tool. Search content from OpenStax, MERLOT, InTechOpen, Open Textbook Library, MIT Open Courseware, College Open Textbooks, Directory of Open Access Books, and more!

Other OER Discovery Resources

BCcampus OpenEd – a collection of open textbooks created by BCcampus

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) – a collection of peer reviewed open access books with Creative Commons licenses

InTech – an open access publisher of books and journals in science, technology and medicine

Libre Texts – a multi-institutional collection of higher learning textbooks

Open Textbook Library – an aggregation of openly licensed textbooks

Open TextBook Store – a catalog of open textbooks collected by educators to make open textbooks more easily adoptable in courses

OpenStax CNX– an extension of OpenStax, a repository of open access textbooks and curricular materials

General OER and Creative Commons Collections

Creative Commons – a collection of Creative Commons licensed materials

OER Commons – a search engine that makes various OERs of different levels discoverable

Teaching Commons – a collection of OERs available through the Digital Commons platform