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Open Textbooks/Open Educational Resources: OpenOKState

In response to the nationally documented impact the high cost of commercial textbooks has on the personal lives and academic progress of university students, the Oklahoma State University Libraries created the OpenOKState open educational resources program. Open educational resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials intentionally created and licensed to be freely accessed, shared, retained, and in many cases, modified at no additional cost to the end user.

OpenOKState Key Outcomes

Classroom use of OpenOKState grant supported OER has saved OSU students over $1,600,000.


The OpenOKState program has documented at least 50 courses across six colleges committed to using OER or library materials for the Fall 2023 semester rather than requiring students to purchase commercial resources.     


OSU is one of three institutions receiving a multi-year, $428,000 IMLS grant for development and implementation of OER.    


The OSU Libraries support Open in several ways:

  • OpenOKState Fellowships are available for faculty, instructors and students actively envisioning and implementing open scholarly practices which broaden access to meaningful research, teaching and learning opportunities.  Do you want to know more? »
  • OSU Libraries offers a range of small stipends as well as library and instructional design support for faculty and instructors designing courses which use open and library resources rather than  student purchased commercial textbooks. Do you want to know more? » 
  • The Library partners with faculty and instructors beginning to explore incorporation of OER and open resources into their research, teaching and learning praxis. Contact to get started!


Page updated 8.9.23, Kathy Essmiller


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