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Looking for engaging learning resources? Explore the Library's vast collection, Creative Commons licensed open education resources and open access repositories.

Library resources

Library resources

The Library has an extensive collection of resources to support the University's teaching and learning activities.


Check the Image Resources Library Resource Guide.


  • Classical Music in Video provides streaming videos of hundreds of hours of classical music performances and master classes.
  • Naxos Music Library offers streaming access to more than one million tracks in genres including classical, jazz, world music as well as folk, blues, pop and rock.
  • Opera in Video includes streaming videos of opera performances as well as interviews and documentaries.


Check the Streaming Videos Library Resource Guide to find quality streaming video collections in different subject areas.

Discipline databases

Publishers' discipline based databases are increasingly adding podcasts, videos, tutorials and assessment tools. Your Liaison Librarian can help you find relevant resources.

Creative Commons licensed resources

Creative Commons licensed resources

There is a growing range of freely available learning resources with terms of use governed by open licences such as Creative Commons licences, which give you permission to use the material in specific ways without seeking permission from the copyright holder.

Use CCSearch to search for Creative Commons licensed content across a range of sources such as Flickr, SoundCloud, Wikimedia Commons and YouTube.


  • Digital Public Library of America - photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States, with many under Creative Commons licences.
  • Europeana - digital library including images, texts, audio and video from European museums, galleries, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections with many Creative Commons licensed and public domain works.
  • Flickr - browse the Creative Commons section or use the advanced search to limit results to Creative Commons licensed content.
  • Google image search - apply usage rights filter in the advanced search.
  • The Noun Project - icons and images released under Creative Commons licences or released to the public domain.
  • Open Clip Art Library - clip art that is released to the public domain.
  • Wikimedia Commons - repository of public domain and Creative Commons licensed images and other media files.


  • Jamendo - 370,000 tracks available under Creative Commons licences.
  • Dig ccMixter - Creative Commons licensed music created by the ccMixter community.
  • SoundCloud - browse the Creative Commons section or choose to show advanced search options after you search and select search only for Creative Commons licensed tracks.


Open Educational Resources (OERs) / Open CourseWare

OERs may include lecture notes, audio and video lectures, assessment tasks, images, animations.

  • Connexions - repository of learning resources started by Rice University. Includes material for a range of educational levels and settings, including K-12, university, continuing education and industry training.
  • Jorum - JISC funded repository of learning and teaching materials contributed by UK higher and further education institutions.
  • MERLOT - repository of learning resources started by California State University.
  • OER Commons - provides a single point of access to over 30,000 items from more than 120 content partners. Includes resources for primary, secondary and post-secondary levels.
  • Open Courseware Consortium - community of higher education institutions that offer open courseware. Search across courses from member institutions or browse courses by institution.


  • OpenStax College - non-profit organisation that produces peer-reviewed textbooks that are released under Creative Commons licences.
  • Open Textbook Catalogue - the University of Minnesota's open textbook catalogue includes complete textbooks released under Creative Commons licences or similar. There are also reviews for some texts.

Open access repositories

Open access repositories

Open access repositories are collections of research outputs that are free to access.

They may contain a range of research outputs, including:

  • peer-reviewed journal articles
  • conference papers
  • theses
  • working papers
  • broadcasts
  • data
  • artworks
  • photographs
  • installations
  • performances.

Institutional repositories

Institutional repositories collect the research outputs from a research institution. For example, Deakin Research Online (DRO) is Deakin University's institutional repository.

To find institutional repositories in the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) choose Institutional from the Any Repository Type drop down menu.

Subject repositories

Some open access repositories are organised by subject areas or disciplines.

For example:

To find subject repositories in the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) choose Disciplinary from the Any Repository Type drop down menu.

Data repositories

Some institutional and subject repositories contain data in addition to publications and non-traditional research outputs.

There are also repositories that focus specifically on data, such as:

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