Open Source Textbooks

This guide is designed to be an introduction into and a directory of open source textbooks . It includes an index of scholarly sources that can be used.

Information About Open Source Textbooks

7 things you should know about open textbook publishing
An article from Educause.

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
Consortium of community colleges dedicated to development and use of open source textbooks.

Community College Open Textbooks Collaborative
A community college based organization focused on increasing awareness and advocacy of open source textbooks.

Free to Learn
An open education resource guide book for community colleges.

Open Textbooks: Why? What? How? and When?
A proceedings paper.

Open Source Textbook Resources

CK-12 Flexbooks
Although started for k-12, many books now are at the college level and all books can be customized, meaning you can add or take out sections.

College Open Textbooks
Part of the Community College Open Textbooks Collaborative. They have identified more than 550 open source textbooks for use.

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
Index of over 500 open source textbooks.

Rice University. Open education resource site.

Flat World Knowledge
Large publisher of open college level textbooks.

Open textbook site. Over 900 textbooks.

M.I.T. Open Courseware
Many courses also include open textbooks.

OER Commons
OER website that has college level textbooks.

Library E-Books

Although not open source or "free", the library has over 20,000 e-books that students can use. These e-books can be used on or off campus and could be used as main or supplemental reading, particularly in the humanities and social sciences.


The library has 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the community college collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.

Related Information

From the Library of Congress.

Creative Commons
Most open source resources are licensed under this.

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information

Updated on 4-12-14 by Joy Singletary. Research guide prepared on 06/15/11 by William Hoag: