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Available Open Textbooks

  • College Open Textbooks
    A collection of twenty-nine educational non-profit and for-profit organizations, affiliated with more than 200 colleges.
  • Merlot II
    MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.
  • MIT Open Courseware
    Some of these online textbooks are open-licensed electronic versions of print books. Others are self-published online books, or course notes which are so thorough that they serve as an alternative to a conventional textbook.
  • OER Repositories
    Links to hundreds of OER textbooks, including those on MERLOT.
  • OpenStax College
    View and share free educational material in small modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports or other academic assignments.
  • UMASS Open Textbooks
    Organized by discipline.
  • UMN Opentextbooks

Biology OERs


What Is OER?

Creating OER - For Faculty

Creating OER

Background Information

University of Massachusetts Library Open Educational Initative - Tutorials and Guides
This site includes access to Open Courseware.

Opening The Textbook - Educational Resources in Higher Education - 2016 
This 2016 report is published by Achieving The Dream, a comprehensive, non-governmental reform partnership for student success.

How Do I Create An OER? -
How to guide from Pierce College.

Publishing Resources

AcademicPub -  
From XanEdu, AcademicPub is the world's largest provider of copyright cleared content. You can instantly accessover 8 million pieces of text, rmedia & images from hundreds of publishers and upload your own materials & any third party content.  Services include distrubution via ebook or print and immediate copyright clearance.  See this useful FAQs page for more information.

Use this site to create, share, publish, and read digital books that engage and support diverse learners according to their individual needs, interests, and skills.

CreateSpace provides free tools to help you self-publish and distribute your books, DVDs, CDs, and video downloads on-demand on Amazon.com and other channels

OER Commons 
Our authoring tools help you build OER, lesson plans, and courses—and then publish them, to the benefit of educators and learners everywhere. Learn more about creating on OER Commons and get started.  More information about creating OER on this platform

OpenStax CNX - Rice University
Where it all started.
OpenStax CNX is a dynamic non-profit digital ecosystem serving millions of users per month in the delivery of educational content to improve learning outcomes.  There are tens of thousands of learning objects, called pages, that are organized into thousands of textbook-style books in a host of disciplines, all easily accessible online and downloadable to almost any device, anywhere, anytime.  Here ypu can create, share and adapt existing texts to fit your needs.

Using PressbooksEDU, educators can create books that are accessible on all platforms: in print, and on all smartphones, tablets, Kindles and computers. In addition to supporting open textbooks and open educational resources projects, Pressbooks is already working in academia, by powering the publication of scholarly monographs, course texts, dissertations and other documents. Pressbooks clients include The University of Minnesota Press, Tufts University School of Medicine, Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan Library, Harvard Business Review Press and Fortress Press.


Licensing Your OER
A very useful, step-by-step guide created by Empire State College.

Creative Commons Attribution Licensing

OpenStax Licensing

Adapting Existing OER

Localization and OER
From OpenStax CNX, This module, “What is Localization?,” offers an overview of localization, which is about making content usable and adaptable to meet your local needs.


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