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CSU Bookstore and Open Educational Resources

Information about Open Educational Resources (OER).

Accessible Course Materials Options for Students

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.

Summer 2024 OER Listing

The following table is a listing of OER materials instructors at CSU adopted for Summer 2024 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 Student Help Resources 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)
CIS 570 401, 801 Clark Beginning Microsoft Power BI Download
CIVE 260 1, 801 Baker Engineering Statics: Open and Interactive Download
ENGR 533 401, 801 Brinckmann Biology In Space & Life on Earth
Student must be connected to an on-campus network or secure proxy to access these materials.
Access
HDFS 217 1 Paris Introduction to Curriculum for Early Childhood Education Download
HDFS 318 401, 801 Kaywork An Educators Guide to Infant and Toddler Development
Student must be connected to an on-campus network or secure proxy to access these materials.
Access
LIFE 102 401, 720, 801 OpenStax Biology 2e Download
LIFE 103 1, 720, 801 OpenStax Biology 2e Download
LIFE 205 1 OpenStax Microbiology Download
MATH 160 1 Boelkins Active Calculus Download
MATH 301 401, 801 Adams Counting Rocks Download
MATH 317 1 Ross Elementary Analysis
Student must be connected to an on-campus network or secure proxy to access these materials.
Access
MATH 360 401, 801 Kutler An Introduction to Mathematical Cryptography
Student must be connected to an on-campus network or secure proxy to access these materials.
Access
MATH 369 401, 801 Kutler A First Course in Linear Algebra Download
MIP 250 401, 801 OpenStax Biology 2e Download
MIP 250 401, 801 Huseby Eukaryotic Microbiology Download
MIP 250 401, 801 OpenStax Microbiology Download
PSY 315 1 University of Minnesota Principles of Social Psychology Download
PSY 350 402, 802 Ismay Statistical Inference via Data Science Download
SOWK 600 720 Mauldin Foundations of Social Work Research Download
SOWK 600 720 Decarlo Graduate research methods in social work Download
SOWK 630 720 Brooks Applying Theory to Generalist Social Work Practice
Student must be connected to an on-campus network or secure proxy to access these materials.
Access
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