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What is Affordable Learning?

Affordable Learning at The University of Akron

Affordable Learning at UA

The University of Akron, in partnership with OhioLINK and the Open Textbook Network, has been working to consolidate efforts around textbook / course materials affordability and open education resource adoption. This effort is directly tied to the success of our students, and involves numerous departments on campus.

Locating Open Textbooks in the UAL Catalog

Start your search at the UA Libaries Catalog

Enter the phrase "Open Textbook Library" in the keyword search box.

If you are looking for a specific discipline, add it to the search.  For example:

"open textbook library" AND physics

View the results:

Resources on Open / Affordable Content

George Mason University OER Metafinder

The Mason OER Metafinder searches seventeen targets in real-time, instantly returning the top several hundred or so relevant hits from each site. Because it is a real-time search, it can take a bit longer than searches of pre-indexed content; however, as compensation the results returned are absolutely up-to-the-minute for each search target. Additional results continue to trickle in as the search continues running and you begin examining your results.

Search the Mason OER Metafinder

OhioLINK and Affordable Learning

Affordable Learning is OhioLINK's series of initiatives to lower the cost of college for Ohio higher education students by assisting our member libraries and campuses in identifying strategies for Open and Affordable Learning textbook and course material adoption, and helping locate statewide shareable library materials as well as open educational resources that are no cost or lower cost to students.

Affordable Learning Ohio website

Affordable Learning Ambassadors

University of Akron's Affordable Learning Initiatives

Ohio OpenEd Collaborative (Create, adopt, and utilize open materials for many of Ohio's high enrollment courses)

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Upcoming events:

Save the date:

The second Affordable Learning Initiative Summit will be held August 1-2, 2019 at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus. We’ll be touching on many aspects of textbook affordability: OER programs, integrating library materials and workflows into textbook initiatives, and the inclusive access textbook pilots and implementations across the state. One day will focus mainly on OER, the other will focus on inclusive access. Special guest speaker Nicole Finkbeiner from OpenStax at Rice University will speak on proven strategies for driving OER adoption on campuses. More details and an agenda for each day to follow. If you are interested in presenting or being on a panel, please contact Anna Bendo at

Register Here.

Previous events / materials:

OhioLINK’s Textbook Affordability and Inclusive Access Immersion: A one-day conference for our members

Open Textbook Network

Visit the Open Textbook Network:

The Open Textbook Network (OTN) helps higher education institutions and systems advance the use of open textbooks and practices on their campuses.

The OTN includes a link to the Open Textbook Library.

Open Resources

The Info Squad @ UA Wayne College Library

Just ask the Info Squad at the University of Akron Wayne College Library

Start your search at UA Wayne College Library and Chat with us live!

Phone: 330.684.8789 

SMS Text: 330.551.5275


WebEx (by appointment):

Wayne College Library Staff Contacts