Open and Affordable Textbooks (OAT) Program


Rutgers University Libraries have concluded the sixth cycle of the Open and Affordable Textbooks (OAT) Program. The 2021 awards lowered textbook costs for an estimated 2,707 Rutgers students and provided an estimated savings of $316,615. This means that the OAT Program has, in its first five years, saved an estimated 38,529 students over $6 million!

At Dana Library we are delighted to highlight the following Rutgers-Newark faculty who received OAT awards this year:

  • Patricia Akhimie – English
  • Leyla Amzi-Erdogdular – History
  • Sterling Bland – English
  • Jesse Liss – Sociology and Anthropology
  • Stephanie Rodriguez – Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Collectively, their projects reduced textbook costs for an estimated 420 students, saving approximately $64,754. These projects also bring the total saved in Newark to over $1.1 million since the program’s inception. Each awardee contributed creative and resourceful ideas. For details on the courses and materials, please see the list of OAT recipients for 2021.

The OAT Program, administered by Rutgers University Libraries, provides awards to faculty who replace traditional textbooks with open, free, or library-licensed materials and teaching aids. Faculty may also create their own course materials. To learn more about how to participate in the OAT Program, please visit the Libraries’ OAT website.  For RU-N specific information, please contact Bonnie Fong, Physical Sciences Librarian/Graduate Student Services, Dana Library.



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