Open educational resources (OER), open access and open learning has revolutionised the concept of education. To applaud the efforts put together by different individuals and organisation to facilitate open resources and their access this platform provides gateways to the various resources that students and lecturers can make use of to continue learning and building knowledge even without their and our physical presence.

These materials are freely available and can be downloaded, edited, and shared for the betterment of the academic embodiment because OER are not confined to the same copyright restrictions as materials from traditional publishing companies. Lecturers can modify OERs to personalise lesson plans and make sure students receive the most current and accurate information available without waiting for an updated textbook.

The list resources collated on this platform is not exhaustive but just highlights some materials that one can make use of. Because building this collection is not an individual initiative, if you as a reader come across material you think might be of help to others feel free to contact the librarian so the link can be added as well as comments and other suggestions.

 AFRICAN DIGITAL LIBRARY

This is a collection of thousands of e-books covering many areas and is freely available to the African population and as such each user of this database is required to register for access.

 AFRICAN PORTAL LIBRARY

An online library collection with a stock of over 3000 books, journals and digital materials on African policy issues. The entire repository is open access and allows for free full-text downloading.

 DIGILIBRARIES.COM

This platform offers vast array of titles in digital format with an objective of providing quality and fast services for downloading and reading.

 FREE BOOK CENTER

Freebookcentre.net contains links to thousands of free online technical books in Computer Science, Electronics, Sciences, Medicine and many more. These books can either be downloaded or viewed online.

 COMPUTER BOOKS

Free technical books in computers, mathematics plus the lecture notes.

 E-BOOKS LIBRARY

This is a database that hosts an e-book collection covering subject fields like as Science and Technology, Law, Arts and Social Sciences.

 PROGRAMMING BOOKS

Programming languages such as Ada, Assembly, Basic, C, C#, C++, CGI, JavaScript, Perl, Delphi, Pascal, Haskell, Java, Lisp, PHP, Prolog, Python and Ruby as well as  game programming, and software engineering are available for free download and online reading.

 FREETECHBOOKS

This site lists free online Computer Science, Engineering and Programming books, textbooks and lecture notes, all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet.

 GOOGLE BOOKS

Hosts a multidisciplinary collection of electronic books collected from various international publishers and libraries available as both full texts and excerpts.

 HATHI TRUST DIGITAL LIBRARY

A multidisciplinary database of e-books traversing the fields of Sciences, Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.


INTECH OPEN

This is an Open Access database comprising of peer reviewed e-books in the disciplines of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities.

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES (IALL)

IALL is a worldwide, cooperative non-profit organization of librarians, libraries and other persons and institutions concerned with the acquisition, dissemination and use of legal information from sources other than their own jurisdictions, representing all types and sizes of legal collections from academic law libraries to corporate libraries, from national and parliamentary libraries to administrative agency and court libraries.

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE CENTRE

This site hosts a freely available collection of over 200 books on global and regional issues related to sustainable and equitable development.

 INTERNET ARCHIVE

The Internet Archive is a digital library of and other cultural artefacts in digital form. Like a paper library, the Internet Archive is a compendium of Internet sites with free access for researchers, historians, scholars and the general public and covers all areas of academic research including the Arts, Social Sciences, Business Studies and Science and Technology.

INTERNET PUBLIC LIBRARY

IPL hosts several e-book titles in the Arts, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and the Humanities.

 JUSTFREEBOOKS

This site searches the contents of more than 700 web sites including gutenberg.org, wikibooks.org and archive.org finding all sorts of free books from public domain texts, open books, free audio books and ad-supported books.

 MANY BOOKS

This is a database of freely available e-books that cover a vast array of disciplines like the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

 O'REILLY OPEN BOOKS

O'Reilly Open Books provides access to e-Books concentrating in Computer Science and Information and Communication Technologies.

 OAPEN

OAPEN (Open Access Publishing in European Networks) is a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a sustainable Open Access publication model for academic books in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The OAPEN Library aims to improve the visibility and usability of high quality academic research by aggregating peer reviewed Open Access publications from across Europe.

 ONLINE BOOKS

This is a collection of more than a million e-book title that are freely accessed over the internet. It covers all major academic disciplines such as Social Sciences and Humanities, Science and Technology and the Arts.


OPEN ACCESS BOOK PUBLISHERS

Provides access to e-Books in various disciplines such as The Arts, Social Sciences, Commerce and Social Sciences

OPEN BOOK PROJECT

The Open Book Project seeks to encourage and coordinate collaboration among students and teachers for the development of high quality, freely distributable textbooks and educational materials on a wide range of topics.

OPEN EDITION BOOKS

Open Edition Books is a web platform for books in the humanities and social sciences. More than half of them are available in Open Access. Additional services are available through subscribing libraries and institutions.

BAEN FREE LIBRARY

Baen Books is making available for free a number of its titles in electronic format. Baen covers Literature, History, Philosophy, Religion and the Arts.

CHRISTIAN CLASSICS ETHEREAL LIBRARY

This is a digital library of classic Christian books in electronic format. It provides full text access to many book titles centering on the Christian religion.

DIGITAL BOOK INDEX

Digital Book Index provides links to more than 165,000 full-text digital books from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. It contains books on Reference works, Social Sciences, Literature and Linguistics, History and the Arts.

MILLION BOOKS PROJECT

A collection of e-books covering different subject fields.

NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS

The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in Science, Engineering, and Health, capturing the most authoritative views on important issues in Science and Health Policy.

HUMAN SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL PUBLICATIONS

The core business of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is to conduct large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific projects for public-sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. It published books centred on human and infrastructure development. The HSRC is committed to cutting-edge research that supports development nationally, in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and in Africa. Our commitment to the dissemination of that research demonstrates the remarkable and measurable impact of our work.

MEDBOX

This is an innovative online library aimed at improving the quality of healthcare in humanitarian action, worldwide. MEDBOX provides access to professional guidelines, textbooks and practical documents on health action available online and brings these into the hands of humanitarian aid workers and medical practitioners.


OER repositories

 

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