OER are educational materials that are distributed at no cost with legal permission for the public to freely use, share, and build upon the content. OER are and always will be free, but not all free resources are OER.
Free resources may be temporarily free or may be restricted from use at some time in the future (by adding access fees). Free (but not open) resources may not be modified, adapted or redistributed without obtaining special permission from the copyright holder.
Works that are in the public domain are no longer protected by copyright and may be freely used without obtaining permission from the copyright owner. Learn more about public domain at Copyrightlaws.com.
The CCCC Library and NC LIVEsubscribe to numerous paid databases containing eBooks, streaming videos, articles, etc. which are under copyright and are licensed for use by our college. These are available at no cost to students, faculty, and staff, and may be linked or embedded in Blackboard.
A collection of open and free textbooks that may be suitable for use in community college courses from a variety of subjects. Most textbooks on this list have Creative Commons (CC) open licenses or GNU-free Document License. Others are U.S. Government documents in the public domain (PD).
The Open Course Library (OCL) is a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts.
Open Education North Carolina is an initiative that aims to reduce the cost of higher education for North Carolina students by providing free, open e-textbooks for 30 of the most frequently-taught courses across North Carolina’s 2 and 4-year colleges and universities.
A central location to manage, collect, contribute, and share digital learning resources. Managed by the North Carolina Community College System. A login is required and can be requested through the site.