Open Educational Resources & Textbook Affordability at UO

Open Educational Resources (OER) are free and openly licensed course materials, such as free textbooks, that can help ensure that all of your students, regardless of their financial situation have free access to your course materials on the first day of class. OER fit into a larger umbrella of textbook affordability, with the goal of providing a variety of solutions for faculty to minimize the cost of course materials for students, while also maintaining the quality of educational materials and respecting academic freedom.

The Libraries' Commitment to Textbook Affordability

The University of Oregon Libraries is an essential partner in the University’s educational, research, and public service mission, and actively supports the student learning experience. One of the ways we do this is through promoting and assisting faculty with the adoption of low and no cost course materials like OER and library eBooks. Faculty who are interested in lowering student costs can work with librarians to locate high quality course materials, and where there may be gaps in a discipline, faculty can work with Librarians to author new OER. 

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You can donate and make a difference today! Making a donation to Ducks Give 2022 on May 12, 2022 supports UO Libraries' OER and textbook affordability program.