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Open Education Resources: Where to find free and affordable textbooks

Where to find open, free & affordable textbooks

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Cañada College Library Redwood City, CA
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Community College Consortium on OER

The Community College Consortium on Open Education Resources (CCCOER), established in 2007 in the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, is "a joint effort by individual community colleges, regional and statewide consortia, the Open Courseware Consortium,  the American Association for Community Colleges, the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges, and many other educational partners to develop and use open educational resources, open textbooks, and open courseware to expand access to higher education and improve teaching and learning."

What are open educational resources?

Collections and repositories where you might find your textbook for free

University libraries offer textbooks for free or low-cost

If you transfer to a California State University campus, such as San Francisco State University, SJSU or CSU East Bay, go to the library and ask about Affordable Learning Solutions.

Free ebooks on general topics, fiction & literature

Cañada Library offers textbooks through Course Reserves

Good news! Most textbooks used in Cañada College classes are available for checkout from the Cañada College Library.

Textbooks in the library are called "Course Reserves" because they are textbooks reserved for classes. Ask for textbooks at the Circulation Desk. Be sure to have your Cañada College student ID.

For the Fall 2022 semester, textbooks can be checked out for 2 hours, 1 week, or 3 weeks depending on availability. If we don't have the textbook you need, ask your instructor to place a copy on reserve at the library.