Request a Course Materials Affordability Review by completing this short form & attaching your syllabus. Rod Library faculty will review your course concepts and share some free and/or affordable resources that may have potential for your course. Allow about 2 weeks. Faculty have ultimate responsibility for reviewing course material quality as well as academic freedom to select the best course materials.
Below are selected Open Educational Resources (OER) in the sciences, with an emphasis on resources used by other Iowa colleges/universities as well as textbooks reviewed in the Open Textbook Library or by relevant associations. Some free resources may be included that aren't technically OER because they do not have open licenses. Be sure to evaluate each resource for quality and usage rights.
For all natural sciences open textbooks in Open Textbook Library, see https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/subjects/natural-sciences
Subcollections are available for Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, and Physics.
For more textbooks & other resources, use the Open Textbooks and Search tabs on the left side of this guide. Rod Library's OneSearch also includes some open textbooks as well as licensed ebooks; note that if you plan to use a library-licensed ebook for a course, you need to notify your liaison librarian well in advance (more on textbooks & library ebooks).