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Textbook Options and Free Open Access Materials: Free Open Access to Electronic Books

Our best bets on how to get the textbooks you need for class.

What is Open Access (OA)?

Open access literature is simply defined as “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions." Read More from Peter Suber at Earlham College.

Open Textbook Network

Open Access textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. If none of these textbooks are specifically assigned for your course, be sure to check with your professor first to see if you can use one of these as an alternative for your course.

These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.

OhioLINK eBook Collections

Electronic books available to Rio through OhioLINK.

Off Campus:

1. Select Institution: University of Rio Grande & Rio Grande Community College.

2. Your Barcode or Username is simply an “S” followed by your Student ID Number (Example: S300123456).

3. Your PIN is the last four digits of your Social Security Number (Example: 1234).

Benefits of Open Access

Popular Open Access (OA) Book Sites

Local Public Libraries

Like SearchOhio, local public libraries are recreational rich, and registered patrons have access to a wealth of EBooks through their Ohio Digital Library offerings.

See More on Local Public Libraries:

Bossard Memorial Library - Gallipolis 740-446-7323

Jackson City Library - Jackson 740-286-4111

Meigs County Public Library - Pomeroy 740-992-5813

Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library - McArthur 740-596-5691