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Book Collections

Books@atla Open Press (CC BY-NC)

The open access monograph publishing program was conceived in 2014 as a means of publishing open access books that were relevant to the study and practice of theological librarianship. Currently the mission of the program is publication of open access works on subjects at the intersection of librarianship and religious and theological studies that potentially impact libraries.

Atla (American Theological Library Association) is a membership association of librarians and information professionals, and a producer of research tools, committed to advancing the study of religion and theology.

Canadiana Online MonographsThis is a Canadian created resource (Licences vary, see the copyright notice)

A multilingual collection of Canadian historical monographs hosted by Canadiana.

Cornell Open (CC BY-NC-ND)

An open access portal for both new and classic out-of-print titles from the distinguished catalog of Cornell University Press. Cornell Open offers open access to key titles in the fields of anthropology, classics, political science, literary criticism and theory, German studies, and Slavic studies.

Directory of Open Access Books (Various CC licences)

A collection of over 19,000 academic peer-reviewed books and chapters.

IntechOpen (Various CC licences)

A collection of over 3,700 peer-reviewed open access books in physical sciences, engineering, technology, life sciences, health sciences, social sciences, and humanities available for download as PDFs.

Iowa State University Digital Press: Open Textbooks (Various CC licences)

The Iowa State University Digital Press, a unit of the Iowa State University Library, aims to publish high quality scholarship in areas reflected in Iowa State’s curricular and research offerings, tell stories of Iowa and the Midwest, and diversify the voices in the scholarly record.

JSTOR – Open Access Books (Various CC and other licences)

More than 6,500 Open Access ebooks from 85+ publishers, including Brill, Cornell University Press, De Gruyter, and University of California Press, are now available at no cost to libraries or users.

Kansas State University Open Access Textbooks (Various CC licences)

This collection contains about two dozen open access textbooks. These items are currently being used to support higher education at Kansas State University (KSU).

OAPEN (Various CC licences)

The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences.

Open Books (CC BY)

This collection is compiled from readers’ orders for scans, principally in black and white and some in colour. They highlight the range of resources at The University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research Collections, from Herschel’s music manuscripts, to ‘An Essay on the Character and Cerebral Development of Robert Burns,’ to Charles Lyell’s handwritten notes.

Open Square (CC BY-NC-SA)

Open Square is NYU Press’s platform for publishing and reading open access books. A browser-based reading platform, Open Square enables us to increase the impact of scholarly work by making it freely available in a digital format.

Open Research Library (Various CC licences)

A library designed to host all open access book content worldwide.

Project Gutenburg (Public domain)

A collection of over 54,000 eBooks that are all in the public domain.

Project Gutenburg CanadaThis is a Canadian created resource (Public domain)

A collection of eBooks that are in the public domain in Canada.

Standard Ebooks (Public domain)

Standard Ebooks is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit project that produces new editions of public domain ebooks that are lovingly formatted, open source, and free.

ZTC Textbooks (Various CC licences)

A collection of open textbooks from the College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, CA).

Wikibooks (CC BY-SA)

A collection of Wikibooks organized by subject.


Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education (CC BY)

JOERHE is a Diamond Open Access, open peer-reviewed journal that features OER, Open Pedagogy, Open Access, Open Data, and similar topics focusing specifically within the context of  Higher Education in the United States and Canada.

Journal of Research of NIST (Public domain)

Volumes from the Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology going back to 1989.


Open Monographs (Various CC licences)

From the University of Minnesota.


This is a Canadian created resourceAthabasca University Press (CC BY-NC-ND)

Canada’s first open-access scholarly press publishing journals and monographs.

Cornell Open (CC BY-NC-ND)

Cornell Open is a global open-access portal for both new and classic out-of-print titles from the catalog of Cornell University Press.

Ecampus OER – Oregon State University

A list of links to open textbooks written by Oregon State faculty.

Grand Valley State University Open Textbooks

Open textbooks published by faculty at Grand Valley State University.

MIT Press Open

MIT’s open-access journal publications.

New Prairie Press – Kansas State University Open Access Textbooks (Various CC licences)

Open Book Publishers (Various CC licences)

An open access publisher in the UK publishing open monographs and textbooks in all subject areas.

Open SUNY Textbooks (CC BY-NC-SA)

Open SUNY Textbooks is an open textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants and SUNY Geneseo.

OpenStax (CC BY)

OpenStax is a nonprofit educational initiative based at Rice University that publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, openly licensed college textbooks that are absolutely free online and low cost in print.


PDXOpen is an open access textbook publishing initiative to support Portland State faculty developing open access textbooks.

Penn State University Press Unlocked (CC BY-NC-ND)

Penn State’s open access journals and books.

Publishers of OA Books

A wiki with a list of over 200 open-access publishers.

This is a Canadian created resourceSaskatchewan Polytechnic (varies)

Open textbooks published with the financial support of the Government of Saskatchewan to support a granting program.

Saylor Academy Open Textbooks (CC BY-NC)

The open textbooks on this page include several titles published through Saylor Academy’s Open Textbook Challenge and a collection of titles re-published by Saylor Academy in 2012.

This is a British Columbia created resource.SFU Library Digital Publishing (Various CC licences)

SFU Library Digital Publishing is an initiative of the Simon Fraser University Library and the Public Knowledge Project. We help researchers and students publish open access books, journals, and other educational projects using PKP’s free, open source software.

TU Delft Open (CC BY)

Open textbooks and open monographs published by Delft University of Technology.

unglue.it (Various CC licences)

At Unglue.it, you can reward creators that have set their books free, via Creative Commons licenses. You can buy books that WANT to be free, but need funding to get there. You can pledge toward creating free ebooks from print books.

University of Minnesota Libraries (Various CC licences)

Open textbooks and open monographs published by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing.

This is a Canadian created resourceUniversity of Toronto Press (Various CC licences)

Open access books from the University of Toronto Press.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Pressbooks Catalogue (Various CC licences)

Open textbooks published in Pressbooks by UW-Madison.

University System of Georgia Open Textbooks (Various CC licences)

Open textbooks produced by the University System of Georgia.

Virginia Tech (Various CC licences)

Open textbooks published by Virginia Tech Libraries’ Open Education Initiative.

Textbook Collections

This is a British Columbia created resource.B.C. Open Collection (Various CC licences)

A collection of open textbooks and other open educational resources covering multiple subject areas. This collection is curated by BCcampus Open Education in British Columbia, Canada.

eCampusOntario Open LibraryThis is a Canadian created resource (Various CC licences)

A collection of open textbooks and other open resources curated by eCampusOntario. The curated collection aligns with top subject areas in post-secondary education and features reviews from experts and educators across Canada.

LibreTexts (Various CC licences)

A collection of subject-specific libraries containing various open textbooks and resources.

MIT OpenCourseWare Online Textbooks (Licences vary)

An index to the online textbooks in MIT OpenCourseWare. Each link below goes to a course or resource page that contains the textbook files. Some of these online textbooks are open-licensed electronic versions of print books. Others are self-published online books, or course notes which are so thorough that they serve as an alternative to a conventional textbook.

Open Educational Resources Textbook List [PDF]

A list of open textbooks organized by subject with citation and links. The list was curated by Sacred Heart University in 2016.

Open Textbook Library (Licences vary)

The Open Textbook Library (maintained by the Open Education Network) provides a growing catalogue of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks.

List of Pressbooks Catalogues (Licences vary)

A list of post-secondary institutions in Canada and the U.S. that have established their own instances of Pressbooks. Many instances host a catalogue of open textbooks and other OER that they have published in Pressbooks.


Amazon – OpenLearn (CC BY-NC-SA)

Free Kindle files for OpenLearn courses from the Open University.

Media Attributions

This chapter is adapted from Book/Textbook/Journal/Monograph Collections and Publishers in OER by Discipline Directory by Edited by Lauri M. Aesoph and Josie Gray.


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