Open and Affordable Textbooks

The Open and Affordable Textbooks (OAT) Program is an incentive program that awards research funds to Rutgers faculty who make their courses more affordable for their students by using low-cost materials, library content, or open educational resources (OER). To date, the program has saved Rutgers students an estimated $6.0 million. Our goal is to support course material affordability at Rutgers, promote the use of open and affordable educational resources, and empower faculty to innovate their teaching through the use of open, free, or library-licensed materials and teaching aids.

The OAT Program awards research funds to full- and part-time faculty and curriculum developers who:

  • Adopt: Replace a traditional textbook with a free, low-cost, or open alternative
  • Innovate: Replace a traditional textbook with articles, book excerpts, audio, or video that are licensed through Rutgers University Libraries, open access, or freely available online
  • Create: Replace a traditional, high-cost textbook with one that they will design, author, and provide for free or at low cost to students
  • Enrich: Augment a course that currently uses open and affordable materials through the addition of significant supplementary learning and/or instruction materials.


We are thankful for the collaboration and support of the students and organizers in NJPIRG. Read about their textbook affordability efforts.

We extend special thanks to William P. Keane and Rebecca A. Keane for their generous sponsorship of two awards.

Please contact the office of the Vice President of University Libraries and University Librarian (848-932-7505) if you are interested in learning more about OAT Program sponsorship opportunities.


Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Matthew Bridgeman, Information and Education Librarian, Robert Wood Johnson Library of the Health Sciences

Rutgers University–Camden
Zara Wilkinson, Reference/Instruction Librarian, Paul Robeson Library

Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Lily Todorinova, Undergraduate Education Librarian, Open Educational Research, Douglass Library
Laura Palumbo, Chemistry & Physics Librarian and Science Data Specialist, Library of Science and Medicine

Rutgers University–Newark
Bonnie Fong, Physical Sciences Librarian/Interim Information Literacy Coordinator, Dana Library

Media Inquiries
Matt Badessa, Public Relations Specialist

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