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Library resources are generally not considered to be Open Educational Resources (OER) since they are usually purchased or licensed and are not openly accessible in the public domain.  But, library resources are openly accessible via user authentication to the community of card holders for that particular library!  By using these materials, such as eBooks, online journal articles, and streaming media, you can lower textbook costs for students. These are high-quality, often peer reviewed resources that students can access at no additional cost.

Library resources can support affordability efforts on campus when used to replace an expensive traditional textbook.

Before using library resources for your class, you must check for copyright and/or licensing restrictions, and be aware that not all library resources (especially eBooks) allow for multiple, simultaneous users.

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If you have more questions, or would like to request that we purchase a title for use in your class, please contact Laura Vogler.

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