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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.

OpenCourseWare, or OCW, are course materials created by universities and shared freely with the world via the internet.


  • Bookboon's  free online textbooks for students are focused and to the point. They are all written by highly respected professors from top universities in the world and cover topics such as economics, statistics, IT, engineering and natural science.
  • Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) A growing collection of nearly 3000 online, open access scholarly books. The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books.
  • Open SUNY Textbooks Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries.
  • OpenStax & OpenStax College Based on Rice University, OpenStax provides full text textbooks on math, science, social sciences, humanities, and AP.
  • Open Textbook Library Supported by Center for Open Education and Open Textbook Network, it provides access to peer-reviewed textbooks in the subject areas: Accounting & Finance, Business, Management & Marketing, Computer Science & Information Systems, Economics, Engineering, Foreign Languages, General Education, Humanities & Language, Law, Mathematics & Statistics, Natural & Physical Sciences, Social Sciences.
  • The OrangeGrove Florida’s Open Education Resources Florida's digital repository for instructional resources. The repository provides an environment for educators to search for, use, remix, share, and contribute educational resources. The repository can also be integrated with your Learning Management Systems (e.g. Canvas, Blackboard, Desire 2 Learn). Discover, contribute, and import repository resources directly from your LMS.
  • College Open Textbooks a core textbook at Scottsdale Community College (SCC). Authored by members of the SCC Math Department faculty, it has been used by thousands of students. Continually improved, it is now part of a comprehensive resource package that includes online help and assessment tools as well as an instructor's guide in various subject areas.
  • Global Text Project a joint project of the Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia and The Daniels College of Business of the University of Denver. A collection of open textbooks in the areas of Business, Computing, Education, Health, Science, Social Science.
  • Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources Anthropology & Archaeology, Art, Biology & Genetics, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Engineering & Electronics, English & Composition, Health & Nursing, History, Languages & Communications, Literature, Law, Math, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Science, Sociology, Statistics & Probability

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“Openly licensed educational resources can increase equity by providing all students, regardless of zip code, access to high quality learning materials that have the most up-to-date and relevant content.”

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Professor, Law/Technology Librarian

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Hanrong Wang
Houston Cole Library, 10th Floor

Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, Alabama 36265

Tel: ++1-256 782-5250

Fax: ++1-256-782-5872

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