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Affordable Instructional Materials & Linking to Library Resources Open Education Resources

This guide will provide information on how to link to library resources in Canvas, copyright guidelines, and contact information for more help.


The OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational sources.



You can quickly search OASIS, the Openly Available Sources Integrated Search, from SUNY.

OASIS has collected over 155,000 records from 52 different sources. The sources include the usual textbooks and course materials, but it also indexes audiobooks, interactive simulations, and podcasts.


You can also use the George Mason OER Metafinder to search in real-time.

Search: Mason OER Metafinder (MOM)


Best Bets


  • From Rice University
  • Peer Reviewed
  • Includes instructor resources
  • Math, Science, Social Sciences, Humanities


  • From University of California Davis
  • Contains interactive visualizations and 3D models
  • Math, Science, Social Sciences, Humanities, Engineering, Medicine


  • From British Columbia
  • Peer Reviewed
  • Includes instructor resources
  • Arts, Business, Education, Health, Law, Sciences, Social Sciences, and even some trades
  • Contains a Faculty OER Toolkit

EdTech Books

  • Free textbooks by educators
  • Peer Reviewed
  • Education, Literacy, Government and Civics, and Research Methods
Open Textbook Library
  • Indexes books from universities such as Clemson, CalPoly, and Colorado State
  • Business, Math, Science, Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, Engineering, Law


American Institute of Mathematics

  • Open textbooks approved by the American Institute of Mathematics


  • Books are free
  • Primarily mathematics

Washington 45

  • Textbooks for courses in Washington
  • General education English, math, arts, sciences, and history

Open Books

Cornell Open

  • New and out-of-print titles from Cornell University Press
  • Anthropology, classics, German studies, literary criticism, political science, Slavic studies, and women's studies

DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books

  • Open access books, many from academic publishers


  • Free, public domain books

JSTOR Open Access Books

  • From university presses
  • Over 600 books from El Colegio de México


  • Based in the Netherlands
  • Work with publishers (many are university presses)
  • Languages other than English
  • Primarily Social Sciences, Humanities; also Business, Law, Science

Project MUSE Open Access

Videos & Images

Digital Public Library of America

  • Links to libraries, archives, and museums
  • Includes photographs, maps, news footage, oral histories, personal letters, museum objects, and artwork,

Khan Academy

  • Educational videos
  • All subjects

Open Culture

  • Links to a/v resources from other sites.

Smithsonian Open Access

  • images from the Smithsonian Institution


  • Engaging short videos
  • Curated playlists
  • All subjects

Learning Materials


  • California Open Online Library for Education
  • Textbooks, course materials, courses, and journals
  • All subjects

CORA: Community of Online Research Assignments

  • Research assignments and teaching toolkits
  • Sponsored by Loyola Marymount University Library

Galileo Open Learning Materials

  • Open textbooks and materials from Georgia
  • Business, Sciences, Social Sciences, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Philosophy


  • Curated online learning and support materials
  • International community of educators, learners and researchers.
  • Can create course portfolios
  • All subjects

MIT OpenCourseWare

  • Materials from MIT courses
  • Contains assignments, audio, video, and lectures; exams, simulations, and projects

Open Yale Courses

  • Lectures, syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets
  • Business, Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages

UNC Greensboro OER by Subject

  • Lists individual repositories for 47 subject areas