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Kathryn A. Martin Library

Online Learning Resources for Faculty

Course Content Support - Affordable Textbooks and E-Textbooks

The cost of textbooks is a concern not just to students but also to staff and faculty of the University of Minnesota Duluth. There are several initiatives and programs that can help reduce the cost of textbooks, such as:


OER are free educational materials that can be used asis or adapted for use in class by instructors.  The University of Minnesota supports the Open Textbooks Library There are many OER Repositories available. We encourage faculty to email their subject liaison librarian at for more information.

  • All materials are free to access online.

  •  Materials are accessible immediately and in perpetuity.

  • Faculty can use OER as-is, edit the resources, or create their own. 
  • Students can print out their own texts (generally below $50).


The Library provides access to some course textbooks and other required course materials. This is a no cost service to students through
our Course Reserves. 

  • All materials are free to access.
  • Books, DVDs, e-resources and streaming videos can be placed on reserve. 
  • Course materials are made available to students through the Library Course Page in Canvas.
  • Learn more at

Library Course Pages

Development of the Library Course Pages Canvas interface that brings our reserves, ebooks, and research guides into each Canvas Course.