Libraries' OER Guide

The Libraries have compiled an online guide that highlights resources available to both faculty and students who are seeking more information about Open Educational Resources. Along with concise list of OER search engines, you will find further explanation of Creative Commons Licenses, a selection of open textbooks by subject, and chances for students to get involved in the OER movement.

Course Reserves

Faculty members can place materials on reserve to allow students free access to course content. Please visit the Course Reserves page to learn more about how reserves can be integrated into ELMS, and for further details on our Top Textbooks on Reserve program.

UBorrow and Interlibrary Loan

Through UBorrow and Interlibrary Loan (ILL), you can obtain books, articles, and other materials not held in the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI). While it is unlikely that you will be able to acquire the most recent edition of a traditional textbook, you may be able to borrow older editions or other required readings (e.g., novels for a literature class). Books borrowed through UBorrow usually arrive in one week and can be borrowed for 12 weeks; turnaround time and loan periods for ILL vary. 

Did You Know?

  • College textbook prices increased by 186% between 1986 and 2004. (U.S. Department of Education)
  • An open source textbook is just like any textbook, except it has a nonrestricted copyright license
  • UMD estimates students spend $1,130 on books and supplies. (Office of Admissions)
  • 48% of Maryland students say that textbook prices affect which/how many classes they choose to take. (SGA and MaryPIRG survey)
  • 65% of Maryland student consumers have opted out of buying a college textbook due to its high price. (SGA and MaryPIRG survey)
  • In Fall 2014, students saved $873,393.00 at the University Book Center (UBC) by purchasing used books and renting their textbooks. (University Book Center)

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