Open Access resources are published with few or no copyright restrictions. You may want to explore them as free online alternatives to traditional textbooks.
See our Open Education Resources guide to learn more about Open Access in post-secondary environments.
See below for links to open access resources, and tools to find more.
A list of open textbooks curated by BCcampus.
College Open Textbooks
Lists open textbooks by subject, many of which have been peer reviewed.
World’s largest multidisciplinary open access publisher of books covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine.
OpenStax College – High quality open textbook publisher based out of Rice University. Current titles include College Physics and Introduction to Sociology with plans to develop open textbooks in Calculus, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology and Psychology by 2015.
OER Commons – Textbooks
"The network that brings together 48,834 OER, tools for sharing curriculum with the world, and news and training on the brave new world of open education."
“Free. Open-source. Peer-reviewed. High-quality textbooks for your college course.” American focus but texts can be tailored to course/instructor needs. Primarily science & economics.
Mainly business and economics, but includes some math, sciences, communications/writing, and US history/politics. Assembled by the Saylor Foundation.
University of Minnesota – Open Textbook Catalog
Flickr: Creative Commons
Many Flickr users have chosen to offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license.
New York Public Library Digital Gallery
NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the New York Public Library's vast collections.
All images in openclipart are in the public domain and may be used freely without seeking permission
Wikipedia Public Domain Image Resources
"The presence of a resource on this list does not guarantee that all or any of the images in it are in the public domain. You are still responsible for checking the copyright status of images"
Public Library of Science (PLOS) Journals
Searches PLOS ONE (life and health sciences), PLOS Medicine, and PLOS Biology; PLOS Genetics, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Pathogens, and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Browse or search for individual journal articles.
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