In 2018 the UMSL Libraries began showcasing OER used by UMSL Professors in the Institutional Repository Library.
These were developed by SUNY, British Columbia, and West Virginia University respectively. Many of the other books used by UMSL faculty were developed at Rice University as part of OpenStax.
“OpenStax is part of Rice University, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable corporation. As an educational initiative, it's our mission to improve educational access and learning for everyone. Through our partnerships with philanthropic foundations and our alliance with other educational resource companies, we're breaking down the most common barriers to learning. Because we believe that everyone should and can have access to knowledge.”
There are many motivations for UMSL professors to adopt Open Textbooks in their classes.
In 2020 the UMSL Library helped several UMSL Professors craft and publish Open Textbooks for their UMSL class