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Lansing Community College Library

Open Educational Resources at LCC: Library & Open Access

Learn how to find and use OER materials in teaching and learning.

Are Library Resources OER?

The Library subscribes to databases which contain e-books, e-journals, images, videos, and more. These resources are free to use by LCC students, faculty, and staff. However, they do not contain the copyright permissions to allow for customization, re-use, remix, or redistribution in the same way as open educational resources. Although online library resources are not "open," they are resources you can make available at zero cost to your students.

Library Resources as Course Materials

Questions? Ask your Liaison Librarian


You can use e-books as course materials by linking to:

  • an entire book
  • a chapter of a book
  • specific pages

If you want to use a book for your class, you need to make sure it is licensed to be used by more than one person. Contact Fran Krempasky with questions about licensing.

Library Links in D2L

You can link to articles from databases in D2L because many vendors give copyright permission to library patrons to establish links.

You cannot upload PDFs of articles, but you can provide permanent links to articles. This is both to follow copyright, but also so that the library can gather accurate usage statistics for our resources.

Open Access Resources

Open access books and journals are available to all without a paywall, so you can make them available to your students at zero cost. However, similar to library resources, many open access resources have copyright restrictions and can't be remixed.