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Open Access Publishing: OER: Open Education Resources

What are Open Education Resources?

Open Education Resources (OER) are online teaching and learning resources freely available  for reuse, re-purposing, and sharing.

Take an online Intro OER course!

OER 101 is a brief introduction to Open Education Resources (OER) for faculty in 5 easy modules.

OER Mythbusting

SPARC and a group of librarians have created OER Mythbusting in order to debunk the seven most common OER myths. 

Teaching Materials and Textbooks


A curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education system.

OER Commons

A digital learning network offering various free teaching and learning materials.

College Open Textbooks

A collection of educational organizations focused on creating awareness and adoption of open textbooks.

Open Textbook Library

A project aimed to provide instructors and students with access to free open textbooks that they can use, distribute, and adapt established by the University of Minnesota.


This initiative from Rice University provides students and instructors access to free open textbooks in the subject of mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and sciences. It aims to improve student access to education.

MIT OpenCourseWare

MIT OCW is web-based publication of openly available MIT course content.



Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge by providing copyright licenses that allow the public to share and use your creative work.

Attribution Builder

Need help creating an attribution when compiling OER materials? 

How To: Designating "Zero Textbook Cost"

Get step by step directions how to designate your course "Zero Cost Textbook" in CUNYfirst.

Open Textbook Initiatives

Open Textbook @SUNY

A pilot open access textbook publishing initiative at the State University of New York libraries to publish authoritative, affordable course resources from faculty authors and peer-reviewers.


Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

The DPLA aggregates and allows users to search for freely-accessible digital collections from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States.




HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering millions of online materials from libraries worldwide.