Open Textbooks

As a tireless advocate for learners everywhere, Oregon State University is proactive in finding ways to make higher education more affordable, and its open textbook initiative aims to ease the financial strain on students.

Slide comparing textbook costs and student success

A collaboration between OSU Libraries, OSU Press and Open Educational Resources, the open textbook initiative provides financial, technical and editorial support for faculty members to adapt, adopt or author texts that will be freely accessible online to any student in the world.

Oregon State students will spend an average of $1,200 on textbooks and supplies in 2017-18, according to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. That's on par with the national average as estimated by The College Board.

In addition to relieving students of ever-increasing costs, these works will also feature interactive content that enhances learning through video, audio and other multimedia. The textbooks will be incorporated into OSU curriculum and include Creative Commons licenses to facilitate their use at other universities at no cost.