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Requesting Instructor only access to the resources on

To access the OpenStax instructor resources, you will need a free Educator account on This help article will show you how to create a new Educator account and request access. 

Step 1: Go to and click Log in in the top right corner

Step 2: Click on the Sign Up tab and select Educator

Step 3: Complete the Set up your account form by entering your name, email, and a 8+ character password. We recommend using your school-issued email address to assist with the account verification process.

Be sure to check the box to agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and then click Continue.

Step 4: A 6-Digit PIN number will be sent to the email inbox entered on the previous form. Go to your inbox and either

a) Copy and paste the PIN number onto the website form and then click Confirm my account


b) Click on the link provided in the PIN email to confirm your account and proceed with account set up


*If you do not receive an email within 15 minutes, be sure to check your Spam/Junk folder. If you still do not see an email, please contact Customer Support at 

Step 5: After entering the PIN, you will be asked to enter your school's country and name to help our team verify your account. Once you have filled in all of the fields, click Verify my instructor status.

To protect the integrity of OpenStax Instructor resources, we have partnered with Sheer ID to confirm educator credentials before providing access.

  • If Sheer ID is unable to automatically verify your account, you can submit additional documentation such as pay stubs and staff IDs from the current academic year to confirm your account. You can also learn more about the Sheer ID verification process here:
  • If your school is not listed on the form, there is a link beneath the text box where you can enter your school information and submit a manual access request. Please allow 3-4 business days for our team to process your request.
  • If you have any questions or are unable to verify your account through Sheer ID, please contact our team at
Step 6: Once your account is verified, fill in the Complete your profile page with information on your role and how you are using OpenStax textbooks. 

Step 7: Once your account is verified, you will have access to instructor resources for all OpenStax textbooks! The lock icons should change to a Download button on each book's instructor resources page. If you do not see this change, be sure to log out and back into your account once to ensure the new permissions are updated.




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