OER Repositories and Collections

California and “Homegrown” Resources

  • Collection of OER Texts Developed at College of the Canyons (URL updated 12-6-19)
  • Resources Shared Via the CCCOER list-serv – This list of resources is organized by discipline and maintained by Larry Green of Lake Tahoe Community college.
  • California Open Online Library for Education (COOL4ED) – Faculty from the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges have worked together to provide easy access to quality FREE and OPEN eTextbooks that everyone and anyone can use for teaching and learning.
  • LibreTexts provides access to OER resources and a platform for faculty to curate and compile resources. LibreTexts is based at UC Davis.
  • MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) provides access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools, led by an international community of educators, learners, and researchers. MERLOT is a “referratory”, providing links to resources houses elsewhere.

Everything Else

  • BC Campus Open Ed was originally tasked to create a collection of open textbooks aligned with the top 40 highest-enrolled subject areas in the province (British Columbia). A second phase in the spring of 2014 focused on additional 20 textbooks targeting trades, technology, and skills training would be developed.
  • Canvas Commons can be accessed when a faculty member is logged into their Canvas account. “Commons” allows for the sharing of resources that can be directly imported into a Canvas course.
  • GALILEO Open Learning Materials provides access to OER throughout the University System of Georgia, including open textbooks and ancillary materials.
  • Mason OER Metafinder (MOM) provides a real-time federated search for OER content. The OER Metafinder performs a search across 18 different sources of open educational materials.”
  • MIT OpenCourseWare consists of open-licensed electronic versions of print books, self-published online books, and course notes which are so thorough that they may serve as an alternative to a conventional textbook.
  • OER Commons is a public digital library of OER. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum.
  • Open Oregon Educational Resources – Promotes textbook affordability for community college and university students, and facilitates widespread adoption of open, low-cost, high-quality materials.
  • Open SUNY Textbooks is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants.
  • Open Textbook Library – The Open Textbook Library provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks. Housed at University of Minnesota, resources can typically be downloaded in various formats.
  • OpenStax – Based at Rice University, OpenStax offers a limited collection of high quality textbooks.
  • Saylor Academy – Saylor Academy does not own the copyright to any books on this page. Each book’s open license is an agreement between you as the end user and the copyright holder. We do not have supplements (e.g. lecture slides and question banks) available for these textbooks, but our open online courses are useful teaching tools. If you create your own supplementary materials for a book, please consider sharing them under an open license for the benefit of other educators.
  • Skills Commons – The US Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program has created a free and open online library called SkillsCommons containing free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development.

If you are aware of a resource that you would like to see added to to this collection, please share it with the OERI. This is a printable handout for presentations about searching OER collections.

This page last updated March 23, 2023.