Library-licensed material expands the amount of materials available for higher-level coursework and complements other OER materials. Use permalinks for library-licensed materials in your classroom (rather than providing a digital file) in order to avoid copyright infringement. If you are interested in browsing our immense online collection for course materials, here are a couple of our search tools:
The CSM Library is committed to open and affordable solutions that will ease the burden of textbook costs.
Open educational resources (OER) are freely-accessible, openly licensed textbooks, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching and learning. OER can be reused, customized, and widely shared by others. Our top suggestions for open textbooks include:
Don’t use a standalone textbook? Many instructors chose to use a mix of open resources to support their curriculum instead of just one open textbook. Sources include TED Talks, online news articles from publications such as The Guardian, government information such as cdc.gov, and other high-quality information available online. Some instructors also use Open Scholarly Monographs as educational resources in their course, which carry the same open licenses.
If you would like the CSM Library to acquire specific resources for your class, or to search the library for resources that you're unsure if we own or have access to, please fill out a reserves request form found on our Faculty Services page.