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Open Education: Chemistry

A "getting started" guide overviewing open, editable, and lower-cost textbooks and open teaching & learning resources for faculty, students, and librarians.


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On this page you will find several openly licensed Chemistry textbooks along with supplemental material, interactive simulations, and other resources.

Discipline-specific pages are not intended to be exhaustive, but to showcase content that may be of interest to faculty considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. 

For more information about Creative Commons including license descriptions, please see the Creative Commons tab.

Open Textbooks

Introductory Chemistry open textbook from BCcampus




       Title screen shot of Concept Development Studies in Chemistry       Virtual textbook of organic chemistry - title screenshot


Additional Sources of Open Textbooks

ChemEd DL logoChemEd DL includes " resources, tools, and online services ... for teaching and learning chemistry." "The Chemical Education Digital Library Living Textbooks are online textbooks which cover a variety of topics including general and physical chemistry." See the Terms of Use.

Course materials: Lecture Videos, Interactive Simulations etc.

"XCITR is a repository for exploring and sharing chemical information teaching resources." To re-use these materials, follow the terms of use.


PhET logo

"PhET provides fun, free, interactive, research-based science and mathematics simulations. We extensively test and evaluate each simulation to ensure educational effectiveness."  To re-use these materialsfollow the CC BY 3.0 permissions.



University of California - Irvine - Open Chemistry

Selected courses including required lecture courses for undergraduate UCI Chemistry majors and some electives and graduate courses. Video lectures are licensed CC BY SA 3.0.  

ChemWiki logo  The ChemWiki is a collaborative approach toward chemistry education where an Open Access textbook environment is constantly being written and re-written by students and faculty members resulting in a free Chemistry textbook to supplant conventional paper-based books. See also the ChemWiki Core. To re-use these materials, follow the CC BY NC SA 3.0 permissions.