• “When we surveyed students about the free materials, most said they were just as good if not better than the paid ones”

     Amber Gileweski

  • “If you have the power to make (economic issues) go away for someone, then you should.”

      Tori Matthews, Monroe CC

  • “I could not, in good conscience, ask students to spend $400 for a book when there was an equal quality free alternative.”

      Tori Matthews, Monroe CC

  • “OER invite faculty to play a direct role in making higher education more accessible.”

      Rajiv Jhangiani

  • “I use bits and pieces of various textbooks and I add videos and articles, and I can keep the information current for my students.”

     Lorena Mathien, Buffalo State College

  • “OER the first semester will be like changing a book. Later semesters it will get better – it will become yours over time.”

      Sophia Georgiakaki, Tompkins-Cortland CC

Navigating the world of OER Resources

The resources are plentiful, and as convenient as a click. Search, browse, and find ready to adopt courses, or piece together your own. Evaluate open educational resources and put them to use in your course. Not sure where to start? The discipline collections below offer resources vetted by SUNY and CUNY faculty.


A user-friendly OER search engine created by librarians at the SUNY College at Geneseo. Visit site.

Carnegie Open Learning

Open Learning Initiative

Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Iniative provides dozens of college-level courses, and a platform that enables research and experimentation with any aspect of the learning experience. Visit site



A nonprofit educational initiative based at Rice University. Their mission is to give every student the tools they need to be successful in the classroom Visit site


Open Textbook Library

Textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. Visit site.



OpenEd CUNY is a curated digital library of open educational resources. Visit site

OER commons

CUNY Academic Works

CUNY Academic Works provides public access to the scholarly and creative work of CUNY. Visit site.

OER commons

OER Commons

OER Commons is a public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the world to improve curriculum. Visit site.

DIgital commons Network

Digital Commons Network

Free access to full-text scholarly articles and other research from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide Visit site.

Lumen Learning

Lumen Learning

Lumen Learning offers individualized learning experiences and creates digital course materials that replace expensive textbooks in high-enrollment college courses and save students millions every term. Visit site.



The MERLOT collection consists of tens of thousands of discipline-specific learning materials, and learning exercises. Visit site.