Faculty Resources

How to find, evaluate and adopt open textbooks and materials


Finding OER


 Sac State Resources:


  • Follett Discover is the Hornet Bookstore app integrated with Canvas. Faculty can search by using the OER tab when going into Discover Course Materials. If no title exists in their collection, faculty can also find a textbook from another OER/AL$ website and add it into the Follet collection. Students will see the textbook designated for the courses in Canvas and MySacState. See instructions at this FAQ link.
  • Adopt Early = Options for Bookstore = Student Savings
    Both Spring 19 and Winter 19 adoption due date is Nov 9.
  • Explore bookstore opportunities to reduce the price of textbooks through established deals with vendors such as IncludEd or Cengage Unlimited
  • Consider if there are lower cost rentals, ebooks, and course packs options available that meet Under $40


Library OER AL$ Resources Librarians are available to help you find and use library materials and OER.

  • Find your librarian on this web page.
  • Check Reserves
  • Link Directly to econtent through OneSearch

CSU Resources:


The CSU Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) (no or low cost) Initiative provides high quality, affordable, and accessible options for instructional materials for a variety of disciplines. Faculty can access AL$ resources to create and adopt low or no cost instructional materials. 


CooL4Ed California Open Online Library for Education (no cost) includes over 150 textbooks that have been peer reviewed by CA Community College, CSU and UC professors.

More Resources


Adopting OER into your course


CSU Faculty AL$ Grant information (click link to find out more)


Conducting Research


Publishing your own OER AL$