Open Education

The NC State University Libraries is committed to fostering change in the current textbook publishing environment. Librarians can partner with faculty members on licensing resources, using digital repositories, and creating and publishing their own open educational resources.

About Open Educational Resources

  • What are Open Educational Resources?
    Open Educational Resources (OERs) are educational materials that are legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs come in a range of forms, from traditional peer-reviewed textbooks to open educational modules. OERs can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. 
  • Why should I consider Open Educational Resources?

    Runaway textbook costs on college campuses have become a major impediment to student success.

    • Textbook costs have outpaced inflation by 300% over the last 30 years.
    • Students spend an average of $1,200 per year on textbooks.
    • 7 out of 10 students have forgone purchasing college textbooks because of cost, according to a recent PIRG survey on 13 college campuses.

    One size does not fit all when it comes to textbooks. Open resources can be customized to fit your teaching needs.

  • Where can I find Open Educational Resources?

    Librarians can help you find open textbooks or other open content to use in your courses. Start finding OERS for your course.

Alt-Textbook Project

NC State University Libraries awards grants to faculty to adopt, adapt, or create free or low-cost alternatives to expensive textbooks.

All instructors are eligible to apply for Alt-Textbook Grants.

Open Textbooks at NC State

Textbook cover for Microwave and RF Design

The NC State University Libraries supports the creation and dissemination of openly licensed learning materials, including textbooks.

Microwave and RF Design by Dr. Michael Steer, the Lampe Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is a series of five volumes published by NC State University and distributed through UNC Press. The open access textbooks are freely available digitally from the NC State University Libraries and in low-cost, print-on-demand form from UNC Press.

Additional collections of openly licensed and freely accessible textbooks are available in the library catalog by searching “open textbook library.”

Open Textbook Network

NC State University Libraries and the UNC System are members of the Open Textbook Network, an alliance of higher education institutions devoted to access, affordability, and student success through the use of open textbooks.

Find open textbooks through the Open Textbook Library.