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Open Textbooks Online

There is a growing body of open textbooks available electronically online (eTextbooks or “Open Educational Resources”) that are 100% free to use, print, or remix. You just have to check a few sites to see what’s available.

  • Open Textbook Library via University of Minnesota. All of these textbooks are under a Creative Commons license and are free to use and download. Many are peer-reviewed by professors who have used these books in their classes.
  • OpenStax viaRice University. Freely licensed textbooks available in to read online or download in multiple formats, including some classroom resources as well.
  • Open SUNY Textbooks via State University of New York. An open access publishing initiative by SUNY Libraries, these books are written and peer-reviewed by faculty and fall under a Creative Commons license. 
  • MERLOT II by California State University. A catalog of open textbook materials from various sources. To find open materials, limit the material type to "Open Textbook" 
  • OER Commons. Offers a comprehensive infrastructure and search tool for curriculum experts and instructors to identify high-quality OERs.
  • Directory of Open Access Books. This directory includes peer-reviewed books published under open access licenses by academic publishers 
  • The Global Text Project by the University of Georgia and the University of Denver Publishing books under Creative Commons, this project specializes in creating free online books for developing nations.
  • InTechOpen. Boasting a collection of nearly 3,000 open books, InTech is the world's largest science, technology, and medicine open access book publisher and encourages teachers to use their materials in the classroom.


Electronic Textbooks Through the Library

Can't find an open textbook online? To see if the Library has an electronic version of the textbook you're looking for, you can use the below search tool.

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