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OU students and staff, who sometimes need to borrow books, use collections for reference, or find a quiet place to work or study at other academic libraries near where they live, can take advantage of the following options.
The Open University is a member of the SCONUL Access scheme. SCONUL Access allows OU students and staff to use and borrow books from other participating university libraries, or visit them for a quiet place to study. Most of the university libraries in the UK (and some in Ireland) are participating in the scheme.
Who is eligible to apply:
When your membership expires, as long as you fulfill the criteria above, you can re-apply.
Sconul Access is usually processed within 2 months of your study module start. Processing may take up to 21 working days, so do get your application in early enough to accommodate this.
As soon as your Sconul Access is approved, an Open University Library card will be posted out to you, if you haven’t been issued one already.
Make sure you select ‘Distance Learning Student’ at the beginning of the SCONUL Access application form.
Where you are asked for the ‘Library or ID Card number’ on the SCONUL Access application form, please type in:
You can find and complete the application form at the SCONUL Access website.
For more information about how to join the SCONUL Access scheme, watch 'A Guide to Your SCONUL Application' video.
NOTE : Please be aware that should you be under the age of 16, you would need your Parent/Guardian's consent to join the Sconul Access scheme.
The online application form will have specific tick boxes for this information.
The Open University (OU) offers eduroam (education roaming), a free service which provides Wi-Fi Internet Access when you visit other academic libraries near where you live. More information on how to connect to eduroam can be found on the page Connecting to eduroam (requires login).
Participating libraries sometimes choose to offer specific services that are not automatically included in the SCONUL Access membership, such as access to computer facilities or online library resources. Remember to check what is offered with your chosen Library ahead of your visit, to avoid disappointment.
To find out more about how you need to plan your visit at your chosen library and what you may expect, please see the frequently asked questions about the Access Scheme.
The Open University Library is a member of the Scottish Confederation of University and Research Libraries (SCURL). Most SCURL libraries can be accessed by joining SCONUL Access.
Academic staff and Postgraduate Research students can join SCURL Research Extra to gain access to specialist libraries that are not members of the SCONUL Access scheme. To join this scheme, complete the SCURL Research Extra application form (Doc) and email or post it to the Open University Library.
The Library building at Walton Hall is open to all for reference and study purposes. For information about using the Wi-Fi and computers, see the Library at Walton Hall page. To see if you are entitled to any other services such as borrowing books, check the Borrowing at the Walton Hall Library page.
Check the opening hours of the Library building and Customer Services before you visit.
Here are some options you may wish to explore: