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Open Educational Resources (OER)

Milne Open Textbooks

Milne Open Textbooks is a catalog of open textbooks authored and peer-reviewed by SUNY faculty and staff.  The catalog is searchable and also browsable by subject and keyword

The SUNY Community textbooks series has a variety of publishers but are all:

  • authored by a SUNY faculty member
  • full courses or texts to be used in a college-level course
  • original work, or a significant remix or adaptation of another open work.
  • licensed with a Creative Commons license, with no ND designation

Open Textbooks Library

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. 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.  

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 Open Education Network.  

Because of our membership in the Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), the LLCC community can enjoy the benefits of the Open Education Network.  The CARLI Open Education Network Membership affords all CARLI members access to programmatic, financial, and collective resources and ongoing programs.

Resources from the Open Textbook Library are also discoverable in the LLCC Library Search & Discover interface.  Use "Open Textbook Library" (with quotes) in a catalog to find the available textbooks. Records are updated monthly.

OER Commons

The OER Commons  features curated collections of Open Textbooks and supplementary resources organized by subject and material type.  Includes materials in the following subject areas:  Applied Science, Arts and Humanities; Business & Communications; Career & Technical Education; Education; English Language Arts; History; Law; Life Science; Mathematics; Physical Science; and Social Science.  The OER Commons includes the following types of materials:  activity/lab, assessment, case study, data set, diagram/illustration, full course, game, homework/assignment, interactive, lecture, lecture notes, lesson, lesson plan, module, primary source, reading, simulation, student guide, syllabus, teaching/learning strategy, textbook, and unit of study.  

OpenStax College

OpenStax, an initiative of Rice University, is a nonprofit organization committed to improving student access to quality learning materials.  The OpenStax mission is to improve educational access and learning for everyone. OpenStax publishes peer-reviewed, openly licensed  materials including textbooks, LMS integration, test banks, answer guides, slides and other ancillary materials and resources.  

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.

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.