Explore Free (Open Access) Books and Textbooks

Open access textbooks are openly-licensed digital textbooks that are offered for free online. Traditional textbooks use cumbersome copyright license restrictions, while open access textbook allow anyone to read, copy, distribute, or modify the content at no cost. Many universities around the United States have already developed initiatives to produce peer-reviewed open access textbooks for their students and the positive response has lead open access textbooks to be acknowledged as an affordable alternative to traditional learning materials.

Visit Orange Grove Texts Plus »

  • Collaboration between University Press of Florida and Orange Grove Digital Repository
  • Titles from University Press of Florida
  • Textbooks are open access with a Creative Commons copyright license (www.creativecommons.org »)
  • Digital textbooks – free!
  • Self-printed textbooks – free!
  • “Print on demand” textbooks 40-60% of the cost compared to traditional textbooks

Visit The Gutenberg Project»

  • Free downloads of books in the public domain (published before 1923).
  • You can obtain books by James Joyce, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Charles Darwin and other 18th and 19th century authors.
  • These books can be downloaded to a computer or other electronic devices.

Other Open Access Textbooks

Name of Repository Description Additional Info
MERLOT- Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning & Online Teaching Peer reviewed learning materials
OER Commons Learning materials by level & subject
Textbook Revolution Student ran site of free educational materials
D-Space Content sharing across organizations and continents
ALT Open Access Repository Brings together information for learning about technology
Resource Repository Collection intended for educators and students Global Health & Education
Open Doar-Open Access Listing of University-specific repositories
iBerry Information and resources for students & educators
Connexions View & share educational materials
Internet Archive Internet library with websites, papers and books
Wikiversity Online portal of resources for all educational information
Wikibooks Open access textbooks you can edit to meet your content needs
GEM Learning and educational resources
Ideas Educator ideas separated by subject and educational level
Kentucky Learning Depot Course materials for Kentucky residents and guests to access
The North Carolina Learning Object Repository A place to collect and share learning materials Only NC universities but others can view
FREE-Federal Resources for Educational Resources Teaching and learning resources provided by federal agencies
iLumina Digital library of undergraduate teaching materials Undergrad-only
The Learning Exchange Online teaching resources for social work Social work only
The Math Forum @ Drexel Online guides to teaching & learning math Math only, $15 student fee, @25 teacher fee
NSDL Teaching guides for math, science and engineering math, science, engineering only all levels
PBL Clearing House, Univ. of Delaware Articles for teaching using problem based methods Problem-based methods only
National Engineering Education Delivery System Digital library of learning materials for educators Engineering and math only
BookBoon Collection of free downloadable e-textbooks
Open CourseWare Initiative, MIT Materials of 500 courses submitted by professors MIT courseware only
The Orange Grove Free online instruction for Florida professors
Boundless A collection of free e-textbooks
OnlineCourses An aggregator of open access courses with a database of over 500 courses from leading universities around the world.
Exploratorium To create a web-based library for educators