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Open & Affordable Textbooks: Find resources

This guide is an extension of the Finding Affordable Textbooks workshop. Use it to find places to search for texts and instructions on how to report your text choices and integrate this into your course.

Looking for assistance?

The library is here to help! If you'd like assistance in finding and sorting through resources, contact Caitlin Balgeman to schedule a one-on-one consultation.

And, you can always email or stop by the library with any questions you have throughout your textbook adoption process.


Your choices matter. Thank you for choosing affordable.

What's an OER?

An OER is an open educational resource. This can be anything from full textbooks to modules to syllabi to test banks to images to videos, and many more. 

What's an open educational resource? Free + permissions.

The Hewlett Foundation defines them like this: Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials that are either (a) in the public domain or (b) licensed in a manner that provides everyone with free and perpetual permission to engage in the 5R activities [retain, reuse, remix, revise, and redistribute].

Where to find OERs

Open Streaming Videos

What are library-licensed materials?

Library-licensed resources are resources that the library has purchased that are free for your students to use. You'll want to look for resources that are DRM-free, which means students can download, print, and read as much as they want with no technology restrictions. Another good option is ebooks with unlimited users, because that means that all your students could access the book at once, and usually print a good chunk of the book at a time if desired. 

Where to find library-licensed textbooks

Electronic Resource Management Librarian


How to provide attribution to this guide: "Affordable Textbooks" by Caitlin Balgeman, Marian University is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0