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CARLI Open Education Network Membership

CARLI is a member of the Open Education Network (OEN), a consortium of colleges and universities working to advance open textbook initiatives.

CARLI is thrilled to be a part of this community of schools, universities, and institutions making a difference in higher education by addressing the growing concerns about educational affordability. CARLI members have access to programmatic, financial, and collective resources and ongoing programs.

OEN supports the Open Textbook Library, a searchable online catalog of complete textbooks available for faculty and students to freely use, adapt and distribute to best meet the needs of their courses. Open textbooks can be downloaded at no cost or printed inexpensively. The Open Textbook Library's resources can be found in the individual library catalogs of our I-Share members via this link of all I-Share members. Use "Open Textbook Library" (with quotes) in a catalog to find the available textbooks. Records are updated monthly.

Workshop and Reviews of open textbooks in the Open Textbook Library

All CARLI Governing Members may invite their faculty to write a review of textbooks found in the Open Textbook Library. Please contact for more information about the process.

CARLI's History with the Open Textbook Network (previous name of the Open Education Network)

In 2017, seventeen CARLI Governing member institutions plus two Illinois consortia supported CARLI’s membership in the Open Textbook Network. Through this collaboratively funded system membership, all 128 CARLI Governing member libraries realize the benefits of OTN membership. A special thanks to these contributors: Aurora University, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago State University, CODSULI (Council of Directors of State University Libraries in Illinois), College of Lake County, DePaul University, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, The John Marshall Law School, Knox College, LIBRAS, Lincoln Land Community College, National Louis University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Oakton Community College, Richland Community College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Waubonsee Community College.