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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) refers to educational materials that are in the public domain or are licensed for open use. These materials are free to use, adapt, and redistribute.

In a study of 304 students at Illinois Tech conducted by Galvin Library in the spring 2019 semester, 76% of respondents reported not purchasing a required textbook because of the price.

Adoption of Open Educational Resources is one way of mitigating the high costs of textbooks.

  • A variety of institutions have saved students tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars with Open Educational Textbook initiatives.
  • Early studies have shown that students that used open textbooks tended to have better grades and lower withdrawal rates.
  • You will find more information on the attached factsheet on OER, or at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resource Coalition's website.

OER textbooks can be found at The Open Textbook Library which is a referatory library of OER textbooks. Other OER publishers include: Open SUNY Textbooks from SUNY Geneseo and OpenStax from Rice University.

For more information about Open Educational Resources, contact Galvin Library at