Open Textbook Library

Open Textbook Library

                          Open Textbook Library   |  Open Textbook Library Catalog Records

The Open Textbook Library is a growing collection of electronic textbooks covering many academic subject areas, including Business, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Foreign Languages, and the Social Sciences. The purpose of the Open Textbook Library is to provide free access to textbooks, to reduce student expenditures. All textbooks are complete, have open copyright licenses, and are freely available to faculty and students. Many of the textbooks have been reviewed by faculty from other institutions of higher education.

Faculty members are welcome to visit the Open Textbook Library website to evaluate and consider using these resources for their classes at Southeastern. A corresponding list of Open Textbook Library records in our library catalog, provided by the Louisiana Library Network (LOUIS), can also be accessed from the link above.

Rising costs for tuition and textbooks have become a barrier for academic success and retention for many students on a national level. The use of Open Textbooks and Open Educational Resources (OER) by faculty helps to reduce these costs, and adopting these free resources as alternatives to traditional textbooks is a growing trend in higher education.

The Louisiana Board of Regents sponsored a conference in April dedicated to innovative eLearning, which covered the use of Open Textbook and Open Educational Resources. LOUIS has also recently begun promoting these open resources with its Affordable LOUISiana Initiative.

Sims Library will continue to update faculty about Affordable LOUISiana Initiative open resources as these become available. If you have questions about the Open Textbook Library, you are welcome to contact Paul Kelsey at the Library.

Contact:  Paul Kelsey
                Head of Acquisitions
                Phone: 985-549-3954
                Email: paul.kelsey@selu.edu