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Library Services

Your gateway to a wide range of online information resources

Quick Poll:As a student, which is the most important service the OU Library provides to you?

access to information on my subject (e.g. ebooks, articles)
87% (150 votes)
advice, guidance and help
8% (14 votes)
building study skills (e.g. finding information)
4% (7 votes)
suggest your own (leave a comment below)
1% (1 vote)
Total votes: 172
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Finding articles

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Getting started

Over your years of study with us you will learn a lot more about resources and how to find and manage them.

Get started with our guide to using and getting the most out of library resources.

Upcoming Online Training Sessions

Tue, 25/11/2014 - 19:00

An overview of the reference management tools that Library Services supports and a brief look at three of the better known, freely available tools.

Wed, 26/11/2014 - 10:00

Discover what academic literature exists on a topic after learning to successfully carry out a thorough search. Good for students at level 3 and above who are required to do this.

Sat, 29/11/2014 - 12:30

An introduction to the main principles of searching for information using the online library. Good for students at levels 1 and 2 who will be looking for information for assignments outside of their module materials.

Library News

Thursday, 6 November, 2014 - 14:32

Did you know the BBC has put together a fascinating database of radio and television programmes as part of the BBC Genome Project?

Friday, 24 October, 2014 - 15:22

The OU Harvard guide to citing references has been...

Wednesday, 22 October, 2014 - 13:31

Find out more about this and other interesting facts from the OECD iLibrary.

Library helpdesk

Webchat: Chat to a Librarian Available 24/7

Email: Library Helpdesk

Phone: +44 (0)1908 659001

Contact the helpdesk seven days a week for help, information and advice on using the library.

All other enquiries: Contact Us