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Open Education: Open Textbook Collections

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

Open Textbook Collections

The Open Textbook movement focuses on the creation and use of books which are openly licensed -- in short, free and editable. These textbooks are also openly licensed with a Creative Commons meaning that dependent on the license, they may be legally displayed/uploaded/hosted, distributed, modified, etc. without fee, permission, or conducting a fair use analysis. (See Creative Commons for more information on the various CC open licenses.) 

Many of the collections will have links to the same books, but each collection has items unique to their collection.

Additional books that are not technically "open" are also listed. They may be "free online" but subject to copyright, or they may be low cost options.  

See also the "Find OER (by discipline)" tab.

Open Textbooks (free and openly licensed)


Additional sources

Current OpenStax College books include: Cover images of OpenStax textbooksFind ancillary materials for each book at or ancillaries shared by other faculty members at:

Canvas shells for ALL the OpenStax OER textbooks have been created by the CCC Online Ed Initiative (OEI). The shells are WCAUG 2.0 compliant and designed based upon the OEI design rubric. The shells have Creative Commons Attribution licenses on them so that you can modify them. To find the shells for ALL OpenStax texts, along with an "empty" shells that you can use for any other subject or text, go into Canvas Commons. Search "CCC OEI OER". 
OpenStax College textbooks were featured in the Fall 2014 University Libraries' open textbook display.

Mix of Open Access and Openly Licensed textbooks

Search Library-Subscribed and Open Textbooks

VIVA Open Textbook Portal

Further information  |  Please note that this search includes library-subscribed titles IN ADDITION to open textbooks.

Library subscribed titles are not available to other institutions, nor are they customizable like OER.

Books in the Public Domain

Library-Subscribed Textbooks