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Open Education Resources and Textbook Affordability

Find Open Textbooks      Showcase and News     Connect with OER groups and projects
View and download free and open course materials and educational resources, including textbook. Explore examples of what faculty and doing with open textbooks. Current Open Textbooks and OER projects and plans. Includes subscription information to the MnSCU Open Textbook Listserv.

Minnesota State Open Textbook Initiatives 

2016/17 Projects

2015/16 Projects

2014/15 Projects

For more information, please contact Stephen Kelly (



Open Textbook Network and Library

Open Textbook Network and Library

Minnesota State and the University of Minnesota have partnered together with other universities and colleges across the country to form the Open Textbook Network and Library.  Through this partnership we are fostering the use of the Open Textbook Library as a central location for finding and reviewing open textbooks.



What are Open Textbooks?

Open textbooks are real, complete textbooks licensed so teachers and students can freely use, adapt, and distribute the material. Open textbooks can be downloaded for no cost, or printed inexpensively.


Why use Open Textbooks?

Open textbooks can provide a free or low cost, high-quality alternative to traditional high priced textbooks.  Textbook costs are becoming a major burden to our students and are impacting students attaining their educational goals.

Textbooks and student success