• $1,515 RAISED
  • 17 DONORS


  • Ross Maxwell $100.00
  • Anonymous $50.00
  • Carole Armstrong $200.00
  • Anonymous $50.00
  • Anonymous $250.00
  • Sarah Lowen $20.00
  • Anonymous $100.00
  • Stephen Cheaney $25.00
  • Michael Chaudhuri $100.00
  • Nancy Abish $10.00
  • Anonymous $10.00
  • Anonymous $50.00
  • Anonymous $300.00
  • Alfreda S Fields $50.00
  • Stephanie Smilay $50.00
  • David Justin $50.00
  • Caitlyn Perry Dial $100.00

Open Educational Resources and Affordable Textbook Fund

Provide students with access to textbooks and course materials. 

Textbook costs significantly increase the financial burden on college students. No student should feel the need to drop out of class because they can’t afford the required materials. Through the Open Educational Resource and Affordable Textbook programs, the MSU Libraries offers students enrolled in courses with costly textbooks an alternative, peer-reviewed resource for free. Since Fall 2019, the Libraries’ OER program has saved over 57,000 students an estimated $5.8 million. 

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference

The Open Educational Resource and Affordable Textbook programs were created to provide textbooks and other educational materials to reduce student costs. These resources include textbooks, videos, course modules, homework assignments, digital resources and more. The average cost of materials per course is $80$150, and we don’t want undergraduates to have to choose between passing a course and getting enough food to eat. Your support of this program will help students succeed. 

Project Budget

Each gift matters. Funds raised will not only support the purchasing and creation of materials for student access at MSU Libraries but also the faculty who are interested in creating open resources and using them as the primary source for their courses.   

Who We Are

The Open Educational Resources (OER) team at MSU Libraries builds partnerships with faculty members and facilitates the creation and implementation of OER materials. OER materials are "teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others."  (From the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation) 

OER materials are released under an open license granting permission for everyone to do the 5Rs (Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix, Redistribute). 


Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 23OOPCF1GTLIBOE” in the note section.

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