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CSU Bookstore and Open Educational Resources

Information about Open Educational Resources (OER).

The CSU Bookstore understands course materials are necessary for student success, and having day-one access to the required course materials can dictate a student's success in class. The CSU Bookstore works with faculty and University Libraries to facilitate access to free or low-cost Open Educational Resources, or OER materials. 

How to Find OER Materials at the CSU Bookstore

The CSU Bookstore provides multiple choices for CSU students based on how they learn best - free online content, or inexpensive printed versions. To find free online content, students can use the download links we provide in the store and on our course materials listings on our website. We also have a listing of courses using OER materials listed below.

image of a QR code shelf tag on the sales floor of the CSU Bookstore.

In-Store: Scan QR Codes

Students can access online course materials by scanning QR codes with a smartphone. Look for the GREEN tags around the store. These codes are located in the CSU Bookstore near other materials required for the course.

Image of an OER book listing on the CSU Bookstore website with a sample download link.

Online: Click to Access 

For most OER materials, we will provide information about courses using OER in the course materials listing. 

Shop for Course Materials

Courses with OER materials will link to this page to download resources. Clicking on any of the links below will open a new tab/window where you can access the materials.

OER at Colorado State University

Colorado State University has a long track record, dating to the early 1990s, of using and creating high-quality open-educational resources and publishing peer-reviewed open-access publications that are frequently used to support instruction in undergraduate and graduate courses.

CSU also has a strong record of support for the use of OER and other low-cost instructional materials in courses across disciplines, a record that has contributed to steadily declining costs for course materials over the past several years. By increasing the use of OER, students benefit through high-quality peer-reviewed open-access publications that fit the classroom context and a reduced cost of course materials.

Learn More About OER

See Archived OER Data

The CSU Bookstore will keep OER adoption information up for at least three years after the term passes, providing this information for future courses. Please click the links below to access prior term OER data.

OER Listing - Fall 2021 OER Listing - Spring 2022 OER Listing - Summer 2022 OER Listing - Fall 2022

Spring 2023 OER Listing

The following table is a listing of OER materials instructors at CSU adopted for Spring 2023 and any applicable links to download materials. This information is compiled using information provided to us by instructors and course materials coordinators in the colleges and/or departments.

Some titles linked are on eReserve through the CSU Libraries. Other materials are restricted to use on an on-campus network. Students must access these titles from a computer on an on-campus network or using a secure proxy to access materials off-campus. Please connect with the CSU Help Desk for assistance with accessing electronic materials from the library.

IMPORTANT NOTE: While we make every attempt to ensure this information is correct, it is subject to corrections. Please note the section numbers listed below; some course sections may be using OER materials, while others may choose to use other materials. For the latest Course Materials adoptions, please click here.

If you are an instructor who is using OER materials in your course, please send an email to [email protected] so we can list your course materials requirements below.

Dept / Course Section(s) Author Title Link (If Available)
ANEQ 555 001, 801 Matthews Life cycle Assessment Download
CHEM 242 L01, L02 Nichols Organic Chemistry Laboratory Techniques Download
ECE 545 1 Myer-Baese Digital Signal Processing Download
ECON 202 1, 2, 3, 4, 801, 809 Core Economy Download
ENGR 533 001, 0 Brinckmann Biology in Space and Life on Earth Download
ESS 555 001, 801 Matthews Life cycle Assessment Download
GEOL 120 001, 002 Johnson An Intorduction to Geology Download
GEOL 154 1 Bentley Historical Geology Download
GR 331 1 Bowens Color of Food Download
GR 332 1 White Freedom Farmers Download
HDFS 492 002, 004 Oneal-Mcelrath Winning Grants Step by Step Download
HORT 421 732, 733 Lalli Using Plants to Bridge the Generations Download
MATH 255 1 Steiner Chemistry Maths Book Download
MATH 366 1 Judson Abstract Algebra Download
PSY 315 1 Minn Library Principles of Social Psych Download
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