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Low & No-Cost Educational Resources

Guide to finding and using low & no-cost materials, including open educational resources.

Options for Low & No-Cost Educational Resources

If considering alternatives to commercial textbooks for your course, complete our consultation request form to connect with our team, including a librarian, bookstore administrator, and instructional specialist/designer.
Visit our Zero-Cost Course Materials (ZCCM) tab for details about grant funding to support implementing a course with no course costs for your students.

No-Cost Resources 

Open Educational Resources (OER) 

  • OER are freely available online resources distributed under a copyright license that allows users to retain copies (download, duplicate, store, and manage), reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute

Library Ebooks 

Library Course Resources Service

  • If you plan to use a small percentage of a text, a collection of articles, or streaming media, the Library can make these resources available to your students in CatCourses. Visit Course Resources for details and request instructions. 

Lower Cost Format & Delivery Options 

Format Options

  • The UC Merced Bookstore can help you price format and delivery options when selecting materials for courses, such as ebook and rental options. 

Inclusive Access

Consultation & Support Services for Low & No-Cost Educational Resources

Our Process 

  1. Complete our Consultation Request Form for Low & No-Cost Educational Resources
  2. The team will review your request and start to identify potential educational resources. A team member may be in contact if additional information is needed.
  3. A team member will coordinate a time to meet with you in order to present potential low or no-cost educational resources and identify next steps.
  4. After this meeting, a team member will be back in touch to ensure that your questions are answered, desired educational resources are accessible, and pedagogical impacts are considered.

Team Expertise

UC Merced Library

  • Locating Open Education Resources (OER)
  • Locating library subscription resources
  • Library ebook access & licenses 
  • Requesting courses resources in CatCourses
  • Knowledge of fair use, creative commons licensing, public domain etc. 

Teaching Commons

  • Instructional design
  • Integrating OER & materials into CatCourses
  • Open pedagogy & the practice of teaching

University Bookstore 

  • Knowledge of publisher offerings
  • Creation of custom course packets
  • Inclusive access options