Open Educational Resources (OER) are learning, teaching and research materials that reside in the public domain or are under copyright. They can be in any format or medium, and they have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others. (UNESCO)
The whole book or a book chapter can be published immediately open access.
Open access books are freely available online and can be reused in different ways depending on
how they are licensed under a Creative Commons licence. Many commercial and non-profit
publishers, such as university presses, publish scholarly books in the open access model, and
these publications are usually subject to the same quality assurance, peer review and editorial processes as commercial books.
Please remember open articles in scientific journals as course material.
You can find open books in the high-quality and multidisciplinary search services and databases below.
In Andor search service, you can find a comprehensive selection of open books from different disciplines. The Library adds open resources to Andor search service, such as DOAB, OAPEN and Knowledge Unlatched collections.
You can narrow your search with the tools on the left side:
Availability - Open Access and Resource type - Books
DOAB is a multidisciplinary database containing peer-reviewed and high-quality open books. You can search within a certain discipline (browse by subject) and by different publishers.
Knowledge Unlatched is an international organisation that enables libraries and publishers to work together to promote open publishing. Open Research Library offers open books in different disciplines.
Open Textbook Library contains open course books from different disciplines. Open books are licensed by authors and publishers for unlimited use and editing.
Couldn't find the open book for your course? Please check out our Alternative access guide.
In the Library of Open Educational Resources, you can search for and share open educational resources (OER) from all levels of education.
Find out more with the library's guide to Open education and open educational resources.