What is it?
Open and affordable textbooks are alternative options to expensive, traditionally published textbooks. A textbook alternative can come in many forms like Open Textbooks, other open educational resources (OER), library resources, or custom coursepacks created in Scholarly Commons.
Why is it important?
Textbook costs can be a barrier to learning, student success, and can cause financial hardship. By choosing lower cost options, all students can have day one access to materials and be prepared to succeed in their classes.
Open and affordable options also offer additional benefits. Open textbooks can be customized to meet faculty needs, made available in a variety of formats including print, and students can retain their copy forever. Hunt Library also has options for library ebooks that can provide access to or replace an expensive textbook.