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Textbook Options and Free OER (Open Educational Resources): Free OER (Open Educational Resources)

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

What is Affordable Learning?

Affordable Learning Ohio is OhioLINK's series of initiatives to lower the cost of college for Ohio higher education students by assisting our member libraries and campuses in identifying strategies for Open and Affordable Learning textbook and course material adoption, and helping locate statewide shareable library materials as well as open educational resources that are no cost or lower cost to students.

OhioLINK's Ohio Open Course Content Library

Search the OhioLINK Open Course Content Library for free and openly available course content.

Ohio Open Ed Collaborative

Open Education 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

OhioLINK Video - What is Affordable Learning

Created by Ohio Faculty

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