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Open Access: Open Education Resources (OER)

A guide to what is open access material, and where you can find it at Foley Library.

"Open educational resources are materials for teaching or learning that are either in the public domain or have been released under a license that allows them to be freely used, changed, or shared with others." ~ Education Week

OER Week 2020

OER Week 2020

Open Education Week March 2-6, 2020

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OER Resources

OER Commons

OER Commons: Explore. Create. Collaborate.

OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum.


Educause OER Resource Site

Educause is a nonprofit association and the largest community of technology, academic, 
industry, and campus leaders advancing higher education through the use of IT.

Explore this resource site—a collection of all EDUCAUSE resources related to open educational resources (OER) in higher education. Including:

University of Pittsburgh

OER - Open Educational Resources: Big List of Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are any type of educational material that are freely available for teachers and students to use, adapt, share, and reuse.
The University of Pittsburgh has created a very robust, thorough, Big List of Resources!

Open Textbook Library Logo

Open Textbook Library


Make a difference in your students' lives with free, openly-licensed textbooks.

Open textbooks are 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 low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization. The library currently includes 643 textbooks, with more being added all the time.

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

State Univeristy of New York OER

SUNY OPEN Textbooks

On this site you’ll find openly licensed textbooks and courses written and curated by SUNY Faculty. For more about OER in SUNY, visit OpenNYS to see how OER is being used all over New York State, or explore SUNY OER Services at

Open Stax

OpenStax Access. The future of education.

When it comes to education,

there should be no limits.

Our high-quality educational tools give students access to the learning materials they need to succeed, at little to no cost. Because we don't believe anything should come between students and their future.

OER Myths

OER Mythbusting!

OER Mythbusting!

This site has one purpose – to bust myths about Open Educational Resources! There are two parts – a mythbusting guide and a quick introduction to OER. Both will help you find fast, simple and useful answers to myths, statements and unsupported claims about how Open Educational Resources (OER) do not work or do not suit educational systems and environments. They do.

OER in the News

OER in Oregon Shrinks Cost of Course Materials by Three-Quarters


A recently released study showed that an investment by the state of Oregon in promoting textbook affordability has led to a dramatic drop in the cost of course materials for transfer degrees.

Free OER Platforms: Everything You Need to Know


So much OER has circulated in recent years that some companies have even developed business models around packaging, delivering, and supplementing this open course material. This article instead goes over what is available and what is currently possible with free OER platforms.

Statewide summit shares best practices for free, open textbook use


Pennsylvania’s first Open Educational Resources (OER) Summit, held today (Aug. 9) at Penn State University Libraries’ Pattee Library and Paterno Library on the University Park campus, aims to help higher education librarians across the commonwealth discuss challenges and solutions for supporting the use of free and openly available course materials, including open textbooks, to help lower the cost of attending college statewide. 

SCSU library receives grant


South Carolina State University’s Miller F. Whittaker Library was awarded a $249,376 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

The two-year grant will support initiatives that aim to lower the cost of textbooks and other course materials for students and enhance the university's library as an educational resource.

Libraries Announce 2019 OER Faculty Participants


CU Boulder Libraries are pleased to announce the selected participants for the upcoming Open CU Boulder Course OER Adoption Initiative.

Pearson's Digital-First Strategy Will Change How Students Get Textbooks


Pearson, the world's largest textbook publisher, announced last week that it is moving from a traditional to a "digital first" publishing model.

Cal State Adds Lumen Courseware to Menu of Affordable Textbooks


California State University's Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative has partnered with Lumen Learning to make courseware from the open educational resources provider available to faculty and students across the system.