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Affordable Content/OER Assistance

Here are a few ways the Library supports saving students money on textbooks and other instructional content:

  • Library resources (books, video, audio, and images in both print and digital formats)
  • Copyright consultation (including Creative Commons licenses)
  • Open/Affordable content research
  • Research about Open Pedagogy

Questions!  Please contact Jacquelyn Ray, Library Director.

Affordable Content/OER

Why OER? 

Over the past several years, students and educators have watched with concern as the cost of educational materials has risen dramatically. According to a 2015 NBC News study, textbook costs had increased more than 1,000% since 1977, outpacing the cost of medical care, new homes, and the consumer price index.

Expensive course materials can be detrimental to students as they may struggle to keep up in classes and may be more likely to drop out when they cannot readily access textbook material. Seeking to address these concerns, colleges and universities have begun to seek educational materials that are both high-quality and affordable for students.

As part of mission to access and equity.  WWCC is committed to helping all students succeed in their courses. The cost of educational materials is an area we as educators can make in impact in student access and success.

What Is the Problem? Textbook Cost Inflation Explained

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At the left you will find links to subject-dedicated pages featuring textbooks, supplemental materials, and video lectures.  Each resource is introduced by a short paragraph that lists what one can expect to find in that particular resource, its developers and their university affiliations in addition to the usage terms associated with the content.  All of the content featured within these pages is free to use, but usage rights vary.  Most content found within these pages is released under a Creative Commons license.  Some content is in the public domain and fewer still are under full copyright but can be linked to or used free of charge.  More information about Creative Commons licensing can be found at Creative Commons.

Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that is being developed at SUNY Geneseo's Milne Library. It searches open educational resources on many sites.

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Open Textbook Library

The Open Textbook Library is a collection of open textbooks that features reviews written by professors.  A project of the University of Minnesota, The Open Textbook Library provides a review rubric for faculty to use when evaluating textbooks and displays them for the benefit of potential adopters. 

College Open Textbooks

The College Open Textbooks Collaborative, a collection of twenty-nine educational non-profit and for-profit organizations, affiliated with more than 200 colleges, is focused on driving awareness and adoptions of open textbooks to more than 2000 community and other two-year colleges. This includes providing training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks, and mentoring online professional networks that support for authors opening their resources, and other services.  -College Open Textbooks

BC Campus Open Ed

The B.C. Open Textbook Project is funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, and BCcampus is tasked with managing it. A goal of the Project is to provide flexible and affordable access to higher education resources in B.C. by making available 40 openly-licensed textbooks. These texts will be available for selection by B.C. faculty, and digital versions of the texts will be free of charge to students. For those who prefer a printed copy, this format will also be available on demand for a low cost. -BC Campus


MERLOT is a collection of online resources curated by a community of faculty, staff, and students of higher education.  This subset of the MERLOT collection features openly licensed textbooks for use by students and faculty.  MERLOT allows its users to rate materials and comment on specific resources.