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Open Educational Resources (OER)

LTC is committeed to making college as affordable as possible for students. We have a Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) program on campus where faculty eliminate textbook costs for their courses by offering open and free alternatives, such as Open Educational Resources (OER). If you're new to OER, check out this comprehensive OER Training from University of Hawaii or watch this one and a half minute (01:30) video on how to find OER.

Open Books & Journals 

Open books and journals are free, online learning materials with Creative Commons licenses. Many of the collections below have links to the same resources, but each will have a particular focus and items you can't find in other collections.

Achieving the Dream (ATD)

Community Colleges that particpated in ATD's OER grant created OER's specific to community college courses. Child Development, Sociology, Pyschology, Communication, Business, Microeconomics, and more. 


Works with experts to compile web-based openly available content into the same general arrangement of textbooks. You can actually search the ISBN of your current textbook to see what content Boundless would use to replace it.


Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) 
19,000 Academic peer-reviewed books and chapters from 319 publishers.


Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.


A multi-institutional venture out of UC Davis to develop the next generation of open-access textbooks. Books in Chemistry, Biology, Math, Statistics, Physics, Social Sciences, Engineering, Business, and more.

OpenStax College

Initiated by Rice University, their free textbooks are developed and peer-reviewed to ensure they meet the scope and sequence requirements of college courses.

Open Textbook Library

Hundreds of complete, open college-level textbooks collected by the University of Minnesota.


Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a nonprofit organization that publishes a suite of seven peer-reviewed Open Access journals featuring quality research, expert commentary and critical analysis across all areas of science and medicine.

PubMed Central

PubMed Central® is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

(SUNY) Open Textbooks

With the initiative of the State University of New York (SUNY) Libraries, Open SUNY Textbooks publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks for use in higher education.

Open Courses and Courseware

Open courses and courseware are free and complete courses created, updated, and accessible online. These courses are available for use and adaption under open Creative Commons licenses.

Lumen Learning

Candela – Incorporates OpenStax textbooks into affordable e-books with curated text, video, interactives, and other learning materials.

OER guides by subject

Google Docs made by Portland Community College librarians in response to requests for help from instructors (Use Chrome browser to open).

Open Learning Initiative

The Open Learning Initiative offers online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. Aim is to combine open, high-quality courses, continuous feedback, and research to improve learning and transform higher education. Geared towards STEM courses.

Openstax CNX

Contains textbooks, articles, supplements, and other learning resources that can be read online or downloaded for free.

Open Oregon

Educational Resources and OER Textbooks created at Community, Technical and 4-Year Colleges in Oregon through state grants and funding.

Open Course Library

Collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments from 81 of Washington's most enrolled courses. Great community and technical college content.


Saylor offers full courses online. It can be helpful to use the reading lists from Saylor to find and organize your courses.

OER Repositories

OER repositories contain more than just open textbooks.  All content featured within these pages is free but usage rights vary. Materials in these repositories are released under a Creative Commons license while some are in the public domain.


Openly Available Sources Integrated Search (OASIS) is a search tool that aims to make the discovery of open content easier. OASIS currently searches open content from 73 different sources and contains 175,949 records.


Lists and links harvested from the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources list serve (http://cccoer.org ). This is a work in progress and will grow as suggestions come in.

Mason OER Metafinder

This search engine from George Mason University is connected to 15 major OER repositories.

Skills Commons

OER and program support materials by occupations created by various community and technical colleges. (State of California funded)


Library of free open source textbooks and other materials from the State of California Higher Educations Systems.


This repository is one of the biggest and more famous places to find and share teaching resources.

OpenStax CNX

Large repository of individual teachers' content, some courses and lots of modular writings about a variety of topics; all related or complimenting OpenStax Textbooks.

OER Commons

This resource seeks to collect and distribute a variety of OER at a variety of levels and subjects.

Orange Grove

Florida's collection of open education sources.

QUBES Biology & Math

Learning materials, software, data, and models for teaching quantitative skills in undergraduate biology courses. QUBES is developed in part by faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.


Materials in the Applied Math and Science Educational Repository are free for use & adaptation. Most are high school/community college level.


There are many openly licensed resources besides textbooks! Check out these pages to find openly licensed videos, simulations, images, fonts, drawing and graphic design tools, video and audio creation, and more. 

Creative Commons Search Tool

Search websites for images you can share, use, and remix. Creative Commons allows creators of works to release them into the public domain or license works by placing some restrictions on their use.


Search Creative Commons licenses photos 

Smithsonian Open Access

Download, share, and reuse nearly 3 million of the Smithsonian’s 2D and 3D images—right now, without asking.

Graphic Design Tools

Free or open source tools for images, fonts, drawing, graphic design, clip art, video and audio creation, and more. This Google Doc out of Open Oregon keeps growing as people contribute. 


Inspiring thinkers on a range of subjects present big ideas and lectures on a regular basis- completely CC licensed.

Google Advanced Image Search

Limit your Google image search to images that that you can reuse.

Khan Academy

Hundreds of short educational videos covering many subjects; especially strong collections in science and math.

PhET Science Simulations

These interactive tools from the University of Colorado at Boulder are mostly CC licensed.


Create, share, and modify interactive learning content like interactive videos, presentations, games, quizzes and more. H5P is a plugin for existing publishing systems (WordPress, Moodles, Drupal).


Over 1 million free photos and videos. 


Free images and photos that you can download and use for any project.

Resources about open pedagogy, creating or adapting open content, licensing and Creative Commons

New to open? Check out links below to learn more about open licensing, creating or adapting open content, open pedagogy, and Wisconsin's open movement.  

Open Pedagogy Notebook

Teaching and learning theories, sharing practices, examples, community network to 'open' education. 


sSelf-guided courses on copyright, licensing, and Creative Commons

Community for Open Wisconsin (COW)

Community for Open Wisconsin (COW) is working toward curating and organizing Open Educational Resources for Wisconsin educators teaching all ages. Check out the website, follow them on Facebook, or get updates on their blog about Wisconsin's open movement.

WISELearn Resources

Wisconsin's repository for open educational resources. WISElearn now has a 'hub' for higher education. All resources are created, adapted, and used by instructors from around Wisconsin. 

#GoOpen Wisconsin

Wisconsin DPI Digital Learning Plan: Open Education Resources (OER) Project

Creative Commons

Learn how to use & remix openly licensed content, how to give attribution, and what licensing means.


Free book writing software that lets you create a book in all the formats you need to publish. Modify existing openly licensed material, or piece together a couple resources to create a custom book for your class. 


An openly licensed annotation software that lets you and your students create notes and annotations, interact and connect more deeply with your online course content. This software integrates into Pressbooks and Blackboard and has the potential to help students engage more with their online text.

List adapted from: Big List of Resources - OER - Open Educational Resources - LibGuides at University of Pittsburgh

Accreditation Support

We work with programs to support their program accreditation guidelines. Let us know how we can help. Contact Kelly Carpenter for a customized program resource list compiling material the library offers related to your course topics.


Course Reserves

Set materials aside for the exclusive use of your students, to support class instruction.

Place your Course Textbook on reserve for a 4 hour checkout by filling out this request form and send the form and book to the library.

Inter-Library Loan

Request materials for free from other libraries. Faculty can borrow material for courses they teach, classes they’re taking for advance degrees, or for personal use. Most material takes about a week to get to LTC and can be borrowed for one month or longer.

Search on your own using the Wiscat and Worldcat links on the library webpage, submit the Interlibrary Loan form, or email us the title, author, ISBN of the material(s) you’re looking for, and we’ll place the request for you.

Library Orientations/Resource Sessions for Students

In Class Sessions
Library staff visit your class to demonstrate research techniques and the use of online databases. We try to tailor library sessions to your specific courses or assignments. You can help us by providing information about the assignment(s) parameters and specific topics. We highly recommend tying your library session to an assignment that requires students to use library resources.

  • Choose a session for that works best:
    • One-time customized session related to a specific course assignment.
      • Customized session followed with hands-on practice or an introduction of their assignment. Library staff can stay to assist students with questions as they explore.
      • For online course-takers or those unable to attend in person, we offer a video overview of Library Resources.
    • Drop-In Sessions
      • Require students to attend a drop-in session outside of class time. Drop-in sessions are offered the beginning of each semester.
    • One-On-One
      • We work with students on research assignments and give database demonstrations all semester long. Students can call (920.693.1130) or email to make an appointment.  

Library Orientations/Resource Sessions for Staff

We would love to meet one-on-one with you to review library resources available to supplement your instruction. 

Study Rooms

Reserve a study room for one-on-one or small group meetings. Faculty use study rooms for student meetings, mock interviews, in-class group projects, and more. Please email us 24-hours ahead of time, so we can make sure rooms are available.

Current LTC Faculty or Staff may borrow any of the Staff Equipment items listed below. Click on the item name to view more information including how long an item may be borrowed.

Items are picked up and returned to the Library desk, located inside the Student Resource Center, L160.

We have more equipment available for students and staff on our Devices & Equipment page.

Contact the Library library@gotoltc.edu or 920.693.1130 for more information.






External DVD Drive


External DVD Drives






Mobile Hotspot - 4G


Mobile Hotspot 4G


Asus Portable Monitor


Asus Portable Monitor


Microphone Headphones


Microphone Headphones


Digital Cameras


Digital Cameras


Numeric Keypad


Numeric Keypad

USB Computer Speakers

USB Computer Speakers






Tripod for Tablets


Tripod for Tablets

Digital Voice Recorder

Digital Voice Recorder






ELMO Doc Cam


ELMO Doc Camera


To request an item for a specific period of time:

  1. Click the hyperlink title of the item you want.
    Staff Instructions for Item Checkout
  2. Select Book It.
  3. Log in with your first or last name and employee ID number #.
  4. Select your Begin Time, the specific item you want, and your End Time*.
    *Length of time cannot exceed the maximum check out period for that item (Example: Laptops have an 8-week checkout period; Mobile Hotspots have a 1-week checkout period).

Contact the Library library@gotoltc.edu or 920.693.1130 if you have questions or if your request falls outside the online booking limits (we can make special arrangements with you).