Open Access Textbooks

PSU Library has always sought to reduce student textbook costs. PDX Open was a pilot project to do just that. The project was funded by the Provost’s Challenge to reThink PSU, with the overarching goal of accelerating online learning by using innovative technology in educational delivery. Open textbooks are digital in format and made freely available over the web for students at PSU and beyond. Open Access Textbooks are published in PDXScholar, the university’s institutional repository managed by PSU Library.

Open Access Textbook Proposals

The Library is always accepting open access textbook proposals. To submit your proposal or for more information, please contact Digital Initiatives Coordinator Karen Bjork at or (503) 725-5889.

Proposals should include the following:

  • Faculty member’s contact information and current CV
  • Textbook title
  • Description of contents
  • Table of contents with chapter descriptions
  • Estimated length of manuscript
  • Statement of support from department chair, associate dean, or dean
  • Suggested peer reviewers for manuscript

When possible, the Library offers donor funding to assist in publishing open access textbooks. Recently, we offered $2500 grants to faculty seeking to publish open access textbooks. Responses to these submissions will be sent in June 2015. Anticipated publication is January 2016.