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Open Textbooks: Home

FAQs

Q. Are open textbooks the same quality as traditional textbooks?
A. Yes. They are written by academics and subject specialists, and many are peer-reviewed.

Q. How do I make an open textbook available to my students?
A. We can put open e-textbooks in the library's e-reserves system under your course name and number, and students can view them online, or download them in a variety of formats (PDF, ePub), depending on the e-textbook.

Q. Doesn't sharing digital copies of textbooks violate copyright?
A. Not if they are open textbooks, like in the collections listed here. Open textbooks are created to be freely shared and accessed.

What are "Open" Textbooks?

Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. Open textbooks can be downloaded for free or for a lower cost than traditional textbooks.

Many open textbooks are licensed to allow modifications. You can add, remove or alter the content to fit your course's needs providing instructors greater flexibility in their teaching.

All the open textbooks in this guide have been reviewed by faculty from different universities, are being used at universities, or are affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.

Open Textbooks from Canadian Universities

Athabasca University Press
Free scholarly ebooks mainly for the social sciences, including indigenous studies.

BCCampus Open Ed
Funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, over 300 free e-textbooks covering the social sciences, science and technology, and some health science topics.

eCampusOntario Open Library
Funded by the Government of Ontario, over 250 free e-textbooks covering the social sciences, science and technology, and some health science topics.

University of Regina
Open e-textbooks on Indigenous topics and nursing.

Other Open Textbook Collections

Merlot Collection
From California State University, thousands of free e-textbooks, including visual arts, art history and theatre.

National Science Digital Library
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics e-textbooks from a non-profit, educational organization.

OpenStax
Peer-reviewed, free e-textbooks for math, science, and some social sciences.

Open Textbook Library
From the University of Minnesota, over 700 free e-textbooks for the social sciences, science and technology, health sciences, and fine arts.

Lyryx
Small collection for business,economics, math and statistics.

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