Learning should be affordable for all.
Kent State University Libraries is committed to helping you locate, use, or produce textbooks and other course materials at low-cost or no cost to students, faculty, and staff.
From Open Textbooks and Software to Online Training Courses, we offer a multitude of resources for affordable enrichment, innovation, and discovery. We welcome you to explore our collection of Affordable Learning services and materials:
The dedicated staff of University Libraries is here to help and guide you on your learning journey with decades of expertise in many subject areas. Our Librarians can guide you through the many Affordable Learning resources that we offer at Kent State. Our Subject Librarians specialize in your particular discipline or area of study. All Kent State majors and programs have a Subject Librarian!
University Libraries' Digital Commons promotes research, information discovery, and collaboration for Kent State University. Academic communities are arranged by school, department, institute, or other division and generally contain previously published works such as journal articles or book chapters. Image galleries highlight digitized visual collections. Journal publishing supports open access, subscription-based, and hybrid journals,while conferences and events provides a means to manage submissions, peer-review, and publication.
Teaching a course? University Libraries can put books, readings, or other materials “on reserve” for your students, which they can access electronically through the Ares portal, or through Course Reserves at the Main Library.
Get expert information and help with Fair Use and Copyright Laws and requirements pertaining to your materials with Coypright Services.
Discover thousands of freely available digital textbooks pertaining to many topics and subject areas. Browse our vast collection of electronic books, journals, and articles (Proxy access required).
Safari Ebooks @ Kent State
Safari Books Online is the premier on-demand digital library providing thousands of technology, digital media, and business books and videos online to academic and library users. You can access Safari Ebooks for FREE through the KSU Proxy.
Barnes & Noble Courseware
Barnes & Noble Courseware offers personalized options that include open textbooks along with videos, activities, lecture slides, assessments, and more.
DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books)
The DOAB is a database of thousands of open-access electronic titles.
DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)
Explore an open-access index of quality, community-curated, peer-reviewed journals.
View and share free educational material in small modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports or other academic assignments.
Open Textbook Library
Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.
Access our rich collection of affordable digital materials including pieces of music, news articles, films, and more.
Kaltura Video @ Kent State
Kent State University’s video portal allows you to create, upload, view, and share videos and learning modules.
Kanopy Streaming Movies
Watch critically acclaimed movies and documentaries for free--all paid for by your library.
Swank Motion Pictures: Kent State Portal
Watch critically acclaimed films and documentaries for free through Kent State’s Swank Digital Campus portal.
SnagFilms puts thousands of world-class documentary films at your fingertips for free.
Explore collections of useful open source software, tools and utilities.
Free and Discounted Software available to Students, Faculty & Staff
software.kent.edu offers a multitude of top level software packages, such as Microsoft Office, at free or discounted pricing for Kent State Students, Faculty, and staff.
Find and share creative works, such as photos and images for use with Creative Commons.
GIMP - GNU Image Manipulation Program
A powerful freeware image editor.
OpenOffice provides a suite of open source (free) productivity software similar to the tools found in Microsoft Office for word processing, presentations, graphics, databases and more.
More Free Software
A list of free software resources curated by the Student Multimedia Studio.
Take free online courses and for a multitude of subjects and skills. Explore our vast collection of learning modules and online learning materials.
Tech Help @ KSU
Receive free, live instruction in popular software packages right here on campus. From Qualtrics to Adobe Products and Cloud Storage, Tech Help offers hands-on classroom instruction in over 20 software packages.
Kent State University students, faculty and staff now have free, unlimited access to Lynda.com, an online library of instructional videos that cover the latest software, online tools and even topics such as audio mixing, marketing, business and education.
NBC Learn Higher Ed offers unique collections of video resources, primary sources, historic footage, images, mini-documentaries, and more!
PRIMO (Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online Database)
PRIMO is a curated collection of a vast array of online learning materials. From presentations, to learning modules, to educational games, PRIMO is an excellent Affordable Learning resource.
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