Think Open @ UI Library

The Library supports Open Education in a number of ways:

  • Our Think Open Fellow program has run for three cohorts, and has saved students over $250,000 in textbook costs! Faculty can apply for this program which includes a small stipend and extensive library support to develop OA solutions for courses and research.
  • The Open Access Publishing fund, provided by the University of Idaho Library, Office of the Provost, and Office of Research and Economic Development, helps U of I researchers and scholars publish in fully open and peer-reviewed OA journals by covering article processing charges. Now in its second year, the OA Fund has made $60,000 available to University of Idaho researchers.
  • The Library works closely with faculty to integrate and implement open educational resources in their classrooms. Contact Open Education Librarian Marco Seiferle-Valencia for help implementing OER materials in your classroom!

Think Open Success Story!

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Ross Miller



By switching to an open textbook, College Physics, Ross saved students tens of thousands of dollars in just one semester!

Students Impacted: 140 and counting!

Savings: $40,000.00

Read an Interview With Ross

Open Initiatives

Open Access Publishing Fund

The University of Idaho Open Access Publishing Fund (U of I - OAPF) supports U of I authors in their efforts to publish in open access journals. Funding is provided by the University of Idaho Library, Office of the Provost, and Office of Research and Economic Development to help make the innovative research conducted at U of I as widely accessible as possible.

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Think Open Fellowship

The University of Idaho Library’s Think Open Fellowship is an opportunity to equalize access to educational materials in your classroom and save your students money by supporting the use of low- or no-cost course materials in place of traditional textbooks.

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Open Access Resolution

The faculty of the University of Idaho Library believes that open access to scholarship positively supports the communication of research and the future of libraries and education. To formally acknowledge our position, library faculty voted to adopt an Open Access Resolution on August 23rd, 2018.

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