1 General OER Repositories

Last update: May 30/24


NOTE: The resources on this page refer mainly to aggregators with various contributors.

Appropedia (CC BY-SA) Managed by Kathy Nativi

Explore solutions for sustainability, appropriate technology, poverty reduction, and permaculture.

B.C. Open Collection  Designed and developed by BC Campus

BCIT Open Educational Resources

A collection of open educational resources created and adapted at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

BK Books (TU Delft Open) – (CC BY)

An open press dedicated to open access book publications authored, edited and published by staff members of TU Delft’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, or its predecessors: Faculty of Architecture // OTB Research Institute for the Built Environment // Berlage Institute. The Dutch name for the faculty is Bouwkunde (literally: Building Knowledge).

This is a Canadian created resourceCanadian CC Commons (Various CC licences)

This is a Canadian created resourceCatalogue of H5P Content (Various CC licences)

From eCampusOntario.

CCCOER: OER by Subject (Various CC licences)

These lists and links are harvested from the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources list serve conversations and a few other sources.  This is a work in progress and will grow as more suggestions come in.

cIRcle UBC (Various CC licences)

cIRcle is an open access digital repository for published and unpublished material created by the UBC community and its partners. Its aim is to showcase and preserve UBC’s unique intellectual output by making content freely available to anyone, anywhere via the web. Through cIRcle you can find articles, conference and workshop papers, theses and dissertations, technical reports and working papers, books, datasets, learning objects, multimedia and audio-visual materials including podcasts, webcasts and more. cIRcle features both peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed content making it a valuable resource for interdisciplinary research and inquiry.

Colorado’s Top 40: OER Curation Guides (Various CC licences)

Made possible by a grant from the Colorado Department of Higher Education, this guide are discipline expert-reviewed, librarian-curated OER guides for the most popular courses in Colorado. These materials have been curated from a variety of sources by librarians and vetting for content and alignment by subject matter experts. Material included may include open courses, open textbooks, and/or sections of open content that is mapped to specific outcomes/competencies or items in the topical outline found in Colorado’s Common Course Numbering System. For background on this initiative, watch Why Colorado’s Top 40? video.

Commonwealth of Learning – OAsis OER (Various CC licences)

A collection of open educational resources in the following topics: Education, engineering, health sciences, languages, livelihoods, math, natural sciences, skills and trades, social sciences, and technology.

CTE Online (CC BY-NC-SA)

A collection of lesson plans, projects, and course outlines in various subjects.

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

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

Edinburgh’s OERs (Various CC licences)

An OER collection from the University of Edinburgh.

Galileo Open Learning Materials (Various CC licences)

GALILEO Open Learning Materials brings together open educational resources throughout the University System of Georgia, including open textbooks and ancillary materials.

#GoOpenVA (Various CC licences)

A collection of open educational resources at all educational levels compiled by Virginia educators.

Intech Open Books (Various CC licences)

A collection where academia and industry create content with global impact. We subscribe to the Budapest Initiative and are members of many Open Access publishing organizations.

Internet Archive Scholar (Royalty-free right to use content; (some items marked with a CC or other licence)

This fulltext search index includes over 25 million research articles and other scholarly documents preserved in the Internet Archive. The collection spans from digitized copies of eighteenth century journals through the latest Open Access conference proceedings and pre-prints crawled from the World Wide Web.

This is a British Columbia created resource.Learning Activities: Remix, Reuse, Reshare (Various CC licences)

This resource contains an extensive bank of activities (learning designs, if you will) providing instructions that you can adapt to your own discipline and context. It has been designed to be searchable by field category, as well as tags. Activities are assigned fields according to the type of interaction in the activity, structure, discipline, learning taxonomy, activity type and creative commons license. Each comes with a brief description, as well as the full text of the activity.

Library of Congress – Open Access Books (Various CC licences)

This is a growing collection of contemporary open access e-books. The books in this collection cover a wide range of subjects, including history, music, poetry, technology, and works of fiction. Most of the books in this collection were published in English, but there are some titles in other languages. All of the books in this collection were published under open access licenses and may be read online or downloaded as a PDF or as an EPUB.

LOUISiana OER repository (Various CC licences)

The Affordable Learning LOUISiana OER repository is a digital library of open educational resources.

Mason OER Metafinder (MOM) (Various CC licences)

The OER Metafinder is a search tool that launches a real-time, simultaneous search across 21 different sources of open educational materials.

Merlot II (Various CC licences)

A curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed to and used by an international education community.

Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T) Commons (Various CC licences)

A digital library of open educational resources.

Milne Open Textbooks (Various CC licences)

Milne Library Publishing at SUNY Geneseo manages and maintains Milne Open Textbooks, a catalog of open textbooks authored and peer-reviewed by SUNY (State University of New York) faculty and staff.

MIT Open Courseware (CC BY-NC-SA)

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.

National Science Digital Library (Various CC licences)

The National Science Digital Library provides high quality online educational resources for teaching and learning, with current emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The NSDL collection links to web-based educational resources held on other sites by their providers.

NCLOR: Open Educational Resources (Various CC licences)

A list of links to various open educational resources curated by North Carolina Learning Object Repository staff.

OASIS (Various CC licences)

Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 64 different sources and contains 160,546 records.

OER Commons (Various CC licences)

A public digital library of open educational resources.

OERSI – Open Educational Resources Search Index (Various CC licences)

A search index for Open Educational Resources (OER) in higher education.

OERTX Repository (Various CC licences)

This digital repository of open educational resources (OER) is designed for Texas students and educational institutions and is provided through a partnership between the Coordinating Board and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) and is made possible by an appropriation from the Texas Legislature.

OEW Library (Various CC licences)

This library from OE Global can be searched using filters by year, open tags (e.g., OER type and course level), and language.

OhioLink (Various CC licences)

A collection of OER compiled by Ohio educators at all educational levels.

Open Knowledge Repository (Various CC licences)

The World Bank is the largest single source of development knowledge. The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is the World Bank’s official open-access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products.

Open Research Library (Various CC licences)

The Open Research Library will include all Open Access scholarly book content worldwide on one platform for user-friendly discovery, offering a seamless experience navigating more than 20,000 Open Access books.

Open Syllabus Explorer (Various CC licences)

The Open Syllabus Project (OSP) is an effort to create the first large-scale online database of university course syllabi as a platform for the development of new research, teaching, and administrative tools. The project is based at The American Assembly at Columbia University.

Open Textbooks for Hong Kong (CC BY-SA except where otherwise noted)

This project aims to establish a sustainable system which provides quality open textbooks for adoption and adaptation at minimal cost for education for all. The system will serve students and teachers at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

OpenALG (Various CC licences)

With iterative texts, powerful annotation tools, rich media support, and robust community dialogue, Affordable Learning Georgia’s OpenALG transforms static open textbooks into living digital works.

Pressbooks Directory (Various CC licences)

This directory provides an index of thousands of open textbooks published across dozens of Pressbooks networks. Search and filter books by keyword, subject matter, license, and more.

Project Muse (Various CC licences)

Public Domain Core Collection (public domain)

This collection consists of over 50 titles of public domain works that have been created using Pressbooks and made available in online, epub, pdf and editable formats. The collection was created for students and faculty members in the post-secondary education sector in Ontario; however, the titles are freely available on the web to anyone who wants to read or adapt them for their own use. This project, a collaboration between Ryerson and Brock universities, was made possible with funding by the Government of Ontario and the Virtual Learning Strategy.

PubMed Central (PMC) – (public domain)

Open access content from John Hopkins University Press.

The following PMC journals are U.S. Government publications:

Articles published in these journals are in the public domain and may be used and reproduced without special permission. However, anyone using the material is requested to properly cite and acknowledge the source. Please note these journals may still contain photographs or illustrations copyrighted by other commercial organizations or individuals that may not be used without obtaining prior approval from the holder of the copyright.

SOL*R (Various CC licences)

Sharable Online Learning Resources is a BCcampus collection that provides guest access for browsing and downloading its Creative Commons Licensed resources.

Skills Commons (CC BY)

An online library called SkillsCommons containing free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development.

Sun West Resource Bank (Various CC licences)

Created for learners and educators of all ages, the Sun West Resource Bank is a massive library of curated and current educational resources that brings Saskatchewan Curriculum to life.

UBC Open Case Studies (CC BY)

These case studies offer a student-centred approach to learning that asks students to identify, explore, and provide solutions to real-world problems by focusing on case-specific examples. This approach simulates real-life practice in sustainability education in that it illuminates the ongoing complexity of the problems being addressed.

University of North Dakota Open Educational Resources (CC BY-NC-SA)

ViVET: Global Hub for Vocational Education Training (CC BY-NC-SA)

A learning platform that provides videos, courses, training, and topics related to Vacation and Education Training (VET).

WAC Clearinghouse (Various CC licences)

An open-access publishing collaborative that is supported by the efforts of more than 170 scholars who serve in various editorial roles, including as journal and book series editors, editorial staff, reviewers, and editorial board members.

WISC-Online (Various CC licences)

Quality learning management systems, innovative instructional design, and concise learning application development. Contributing instructors are in the fields of health, science, mathematics, technology, industry, and general education create study aides that are proven to help users earn higher test scores and better grades.

WorldCat – select “Open access” option (Various CC licences)

A comprehensive database of information about library collections. It’s where you can locate a book, video, or other item of interest and discover which libraries near you own the item. Individual member libraries in your community and elsewhere provide access to the items represented in WorldCat.

Media Attributions

This chapter is adapted from General OER Repositories in OER by Discipline Directory by Edited by Lauri M. Aesoph and Josie Gray.


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