OER Resource Hub

Search through our curated lists of Open Educational Resources (OER) resources to help you develop your courses and build stronger engagement with your students. From internal and external resources to services available to you for free with valid SF State credentials, the OER Resource hub has versatile affordable learning solutions for easy and accessible course implementation. These resources have been adopted by faculty in multiple disciplines using various teaching modalities across campus.

SF State Resources


Accessible Media Quick Converter

The Accessible Media Quick converter can be used to quickly convert your electronic files into popular accessible formats for example:

  • Audio
  • Doc
  • PDF
  • e-books

For more information on what the tool does, please view this YouTube video of Sensus Access.

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J. Paul Leonard Library


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Digital information virtual archive (DIVA) is an open digital collections archive. It combines unique media, scholarly materials, and hidden treasures from the campus’s historic local impact. 

Stream Media

The Library's large film and video collection includes Hollywood features, foreign features, instructional programs and more.

Other Resources

Other Resources That Are Available

The Met’s Collection

Over 375,000 high-res art images searchable by artist, material, geography and period (No Rights reserved).

National Gallery of Art Images

Search over 45,000 high-resolution art images available to scholar, educators and the general public to support academic research and teaching by nurturing artistic appreciation.

The Rijkmuseum (Netherlands)

View over 300,000 high-resolution art images searchable by artist, material, geography, period, color and technique (No Rights Reserved).

The MOMA Exhibitions History

Discover the digital archive of the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition history, including primary documents, an index of participating artists and catalogues. Please note: the MOMA’s Art Collection is separate and is neither free nor open.

Open Course Library

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.


Merlot provides access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools, led by an international community of educators, learners and researchers. CSU-sponsored this search tool with user ratings and peer reviews. Advanced search feature lets you refine and target your search.

Open Course Library

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.

OER Metafinder

The OER Meta finder performs a simultaneous search across 19 different sources of open educational materials.

Lumen Learning

Curated list of open multimedia resources that can be used individually to augment course material of combined to replace course textbook.

Advanced Google Search

Scroll to the bottom of the page to change the usage rights filter to search for free and open materials. For images, any search term will do. For textbooks, include "open or e textbook" in your search terms.

Teaching Commons

The Teaching Commons brings together high-quality open educational resources from leading colleges and universities. Curated by librarians and their institutions, the Teaching Commons includes open access textbooks, course materials, lesson plans, multimedia, and more.

The WAC Clearinghouse

Open-access journals, books, and other resources for teachers who use writing in their courses.

OpenStax CNX

OpenStax CNX offers content which comes in modules (which are like small, "knowledge chunks") and collections (which are groups of modules structured into books or course notes, or for other uses). Use Advanced Search. 


Primarily organized as courses or course topics: all the materials, none of the interaction Open University UK's major contribution to OER.

Digital Public Library of America

Search through photographs, oral histories, museum objects, artwork and government documents in a library that strives to maximize access to shared history, culture and knowledge.

San Francisco Public Library

SF State students may receive a free library card. A San Francisco Public Library card opens the door to a world of information and entertainment. In addition to borrowing books, LPs, and museum passes, your card allows you to download digital media, use electronic databases, take online classes, use library computers, and more. 

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is an American non-profit organization and international network devoted to educational access and expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share.

Khan Academy

Math, Science, Engineering, Computing, Economics and a bit of Art/History activities and exercises for self-assessment for intro college level courses.

Bentham Open

Browse journal articles in diverse scientific subject areas.

Directory of Open Access Journals

Discover open access journals in over 80 languages, representing 124 different countries.


Search through peer-reviewed health education resources.

PubMed Central (PMC)

View a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature, available from the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).


Is a free photo archive “for creatives, by creatives." The site was created to serve as a free image exchange for creative professionals and teachers to use in their work.

Visual Hunt

VisualHunt is your visual search engine for products, photos and ideas. The site allows you to search for accessible high quality stock photos.


Millions of free photos and graphic resources. All that you need for your Creative Projects.


Over 2 million free high-resolution images brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers.


Free stock photos you can use everywhere.


Find your perfect free image or video to download and use for anything.

BC Campus Open Ed

View a collection of open textbooks applicable to courses with high-enrollment, including trade and tourism.


Browse through eTextbooks in multiple disciplines that are free with ads; initial download requires an email address.

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources

Browse an index of online textbooks categorized by department.

Cool 4 Ed

Search open textbooks and course materials across disciplines, sponsored by a collaboration between the CSU, UC and CCC.

Information Systems for Business And Beyond

Review Information Systems for Business and Beyond accessible textbooks and supplemental materials.

Khan Academy

View free practice exercises and instructional videos on different topics, including science, math, history, art history, economics and more. 


The LibreTexts mission is to unite students, faculty and scholars in a cooperative effort to develop an easy-to-use online platform for the construction, customization, and dissemination of open educational resources (OER) to reduce the burdens of unreasonable textbook costs to our students and society.

MIT Open Course Ware

Browse math, engineering and science textbooks, categorized by department (free and purchase required resources).

Open Stax College

Browse limited and high-quality selection of open textbooks, modules and pages for large, intro courses.

Open Stax CNX Library

Browse through a digital ecosystem that offers resources in the format of books, course notes, or small collections covering a variety of disciplines. 

Open Textbook Library 

View peer reviewed and open licensed textbooks in multiple disciplines. 

Saylor Academy

Search through approximately 100 downloadable open textbooks, using either ctrl+F for PC or cmd+F for Mac.

Skills Commons

SkillsCommons is a free and open online library containing free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development.

University of Minnesota Libraries

The open textbooks have been published by the University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing and are licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed.

Download Resources:


To view PDF files, you may download Adobe Reader.
To view Word, Excel & PowerPoint files, you may download LibreOffice