Students play an increasingly important role in the open and affordable textbook movement on and off campus. You can find resources below for saving money on textbooks using our physical and electronic course reserves and library resources as well as tips on becoming an advocate for reducing the burden of high-cost textbooks at Florida State University.
What is an OER?
Open educational resources are teaching or learning materials that are either in the public domain or have been released under a license that allows them to be freely used, changed, or shared with others. OER may include everything from a short video or online article to a complete online textbook.
Course Reserves are course-related materials made available, either electronically or physically, through the FSU Libraries and the Florida State University Student Government Association. Course materials may be put on reserve at one of the libraries or made available in your Blackboard or Canvas site at the instructor’s request. Reserve items may be checked out at a library service desk for short-term use in the library.
Course Materials in Our Collection
Sometimes you can find required course materials in our physical or electronic collections. Search the library catalog and OneSearch for your required readings before purchasing.
Course Materials Online
A number of your required materials may be available online for free, such as out-of-copyright books like Frankenstein or Moby Dick. Check the resources below before buying your book. Don't forget to link your Google Scholar account to your FSU Libraries account for even more access of materials.
Talk to Your Professors
We know - talking to your professors can be tough - but your instructors care about your education and your experience and value your feedback.
- Mention the cost of the textbook on your end-of-the-semester course evaluation form
- Ask permission to use an older edition of the text if one is available
- Ask whether the required course materials is available through University Libraries on physical or electronic course reserve
- Discuss open educational resources, open textbooks, and affordable course materials with your professor
- Encourage your professor to apply for an Alternative Textbook Grant
- Offer open source textbooks or other reading materials as an alternative option that is significantly more affordable than traditional high-cost textbooks (like these high quality options from OpenStax)
- Tell them about the FSU Libraries OER team - we would be happy to do all the talking for you
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