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Open Educational Resources: Chemistry & Biochemistry

Open educational and open source resources

Attention Chemistry/Biochemistry Educators: Unsure where to start? Let the librarians help. 

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BC Open Textbooks

The B.C. Open Textbook Project provides textbooks including Analytical chemistry, Organic Chemistry With a Biological Emphasis, and Chemistry - Atoms First.

ChemWiki Core

UC Davis's ChemWiki includes modules on the core information in the fields of organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, and analytical chemistry.

LibreTexts Chemistry

The LibreText Project offers campus courses, a list of books, and ancillary materials.

Lumen Learning

Lumen Learning provides a Chemistry textbook that covers chapters on Organic Chemistry, Nuclear Chemistry, Mass Relationships/Chemical Equations, and Basic Concepts of Chemical Bonding.


MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.

The National Academies Press (NAP)

This is a great resource that provides textbooks on chemistry studies.

OER Commons

OER Commons provides a curated collection of textbooks and resources for Chemistry students.

OpenStax CNX - Chemistry

Close to fifty open textbooks on topics related to chemistry.

Open Textbook Library

Browse a wide selection of chemistry textbooks.

National Science Digital Library

Provides a robust search to limit by activity type, media format, and age level. (Actually a pre-defined subset of the OER Commons)

PLoS One

More advanced, specific science resources that are open and could be used in a classroom setting.

AMSER: Applied Math and Science Educational Repository

Funded by the NSF and organized by Library of Congress subject headings. Aimed at Community and Technical Colleges, but free for all.

The Chem Collective

Created by a group of faculty and staff at Carnegie Mellon to help those teaching/learning chemistry.

Chemistry Resources