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Open Educational Resources

A guide for those interested in finding, using, or creating open educational resources


Please do not hesitate to consult with your subject librarian when considering course materials, whether you are selecting a textbook or supplementary material. We are more than happy to work with you to identify library-licensed ebooks or Open Educational Resources that may fit your curricular needs.


Many of our eBook licenses allow for simultaneous use by unlimited users. We have found that many instructors are not aware that the library has access to materials they have selected as their textbook.

For more information about library ebooks, see this guide or ask your librarian.

Access to assigned textbooks provided by the library as ebooks was estimated to equal $30,000 in savings to CSU students for the Spring 2016 semester.

View the list of 37 textbooks and required readings licensed by the library for the Fall 2016 semester.

Michael Schwartz Library Textbook Center

The Textbook Center on the first floor of the Michael Schwartz Library at the User Services desk, offers a limited selection of print textbooks required for some of the larger general education classes for the semester. CSU Students with a valid VikingCard may borrow these textbooks to use in the Library for 2-hour loan. In addition to the print textbooks, the Library offers some eTextbooks, digital versions of books required for classes. See the eBooks @ CSU Research Guide for help loading eTextbooks.

All textbooks and eTextbooks available for a given semester are listed in Course Reserves by course name or instructor.

You may ask your personal librarian if a textbook for your course can be added to the Textbook Center.She/he will not be able to purchase textbooks for all classes, but will consider all requests based on regularity of the course, class size, and cost of the material.