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Open Access Resources

Open Access Resources
Open Access Books & Books in the Public Domain
Open Education Resources: Open Textbooks

Open Access Resources

The Open Access Directory (OAD) is a wiki where the open access community creates and maintains lists about open access and open access scholarship. The wiki was launched in 2008 and is hosted by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at Simmons College and managed by a group of editors.

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a service that provides access to quality controlled Open Access Journals. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use an appropriate quality control system, and it will not be limited to particular languages or subject areas. The aim of the Directory is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact.

Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) is a service that provides a quality-assured list of open access repositories from around the world. Each of the repositories has been visited by OpenDOAR staff to ensure a high degree of quality and consistency in the information provided: OpenDOAR is maintained by SHERPA Services, based at the Centre for Research Communications at the University of Nottingham.

The aim of The Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR)  is to promote the development of open access by providing timely information about the growth and status of repositories throughout the world. ROAR is hosted by the University of Southampton, UK.

The National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy was enacted in 2008 to ensure that the public has access to the published results of NIH-funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central which is an archive of full-text biomedical journal papers available online without a fee.

SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition Resources, news, and upcoming events on scholarly communications topics, including open access, open education, and open data.

Open Access Books & Books in the Public Domain

Directory of Open Access Books

The HathiTrust Digital Library contains over seven million volumes and over one billion pages of scanned books and other materials. About 20 percent of all content is in the public domain (and accessible to you). Content is available in several image formats, text, and PDF. 1200s-present.

Knowledge Unlatched

Over 500 Open Access books. Knowledge Unlatched (KU) offers free access to scholarly content for every reader across the world. Our online platform provides libraries worldwide with a central place to support Open Access models from leading publishing houses and new OA initiatives.

Open Education: Open Textbooks

The Open Textbook movement focuses on the creation and use of books which are openly licensed and to be freely used adapted and distributed.

BCcampus Open Education

Offers a collection of hundreds of open textbooks created by faculty at academic institutions in British Columbia.


A collection thousands of free and openly licensed resources with 20 different material types, including assignments, case studies, textbooks, quizzes, and more.

OER Commons (Open Educational Resources Commons)

Open Textbook Library

The Open Textbook Library provides a growing catalog of free, peer-reviewed, and openly-licensed textbooks.

Open Stax College (Rice University)

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