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OU Library Wins the 2019 LILAC Award

Thursday, 9 May, 2019 - 11:43

In recognition of excellence in teaching and innovation in delivering information literacy (IL) skills training, the OU Library’s Live Engagement team was awarded LILAC’s information literacy award at their annual conference on 24 April. Bringing together practitioners from across the UK and with an international reach, LILAC’s annual conference focusses on best practices in library user education. This award shines a national spotlight on the team’s achievement in teaching through online training sessions, podcasts, Facebook Live and other methods.  

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Completely Shelfless – Associating with the Students Association

Friday, 26 April, 2019 - 10:32

In Episode 5 of the Library's podcast we talk to the Students Association

New Scientist Access issue Wednesday 17th April

Wednesday, 17 April, 2019 - 12:32

We have temporarily lost access to the New Scientist through the magazine archive. Access via EBSCO Academic search complete


Episode 4 of Completely Shelfless – The Library then and now

Thursday, 28 March, 2019 - 09:30

Listen to our new podcast episode detailing how the library has changed in the past 50 years.

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Episode 3 of Completely Shelfless - Open Research

Thursday, 28 February, 2019 - 12:55

Listen to our new podcast episode about how we support OU Research in the library.

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The OU’s Double-Award Winning Library

Monday, 25 February, 2019 - 13:44

The OU Library was recently awarded not one, but two distinctions in teaching and student support. The Live Engagement and Engagement and Insight teams both received OU Teaching Awards for Excellence in Developing Students’ Academic and Learning Skills in February 2019.


The Library Listens!

Wednesday, 20 February, 2019 - 13:30

The OU Library actively seeks your feedback to develop services and resources to ensure we are student-focused and meet the needs of the OU community and beyond.  

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Everyone gets a Library!

Thursday, 31 January, 2019 - 11:27

The second full episode of the library's pilot podcast 'Completely Shelfless' is available now.

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Student Shadowing in the Library

Monday, 28 January, 2019 - 13:53

Interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the OU Library? We are seeking participants to Shadow in the Library at the Milton Keynes Campus.

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National Student Survey now open!

Monday, 21 January, 2019 - 12:40

The 2019 National Student Survey is now OPEN! If you’re in our survey sample you’ll receive an email with a unique survey link. 

SCONUL applications – 16/01/2019

Wednesday, 16 January, 2019 - 16:45

SCONUL access applications submitted on the 16th January, please re-apply

Direct links to Safari Ebooks issue Friday 11th January

Friday, 11 January, 2019 - 16:35

Direct links to Safari Ebooks from module materials are not working

Christmas 2018 Access to the library building and online help

Friday, 21 December, 2018 - 15:45

Information about building closure and help & support over the holiday period

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Episode one of Completely Shelfless out now

Tuesday, 18 December, 2018 - 10:05

Completely shelfless is the new podcast from the OU Library. Episode one is out now.

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Changes to how you can access online newspapers

Thursday, 13 December, 2018 - 16:47

The Library's newspaper databases are changing, with over 2,300 more newspapers being added to the online Library.

Completely Shelfless – a podcast from the OU Library!

Friday, 7 December, 2018 - 14:26

Listen in to our latest adventure, a new podcast called Completely Shelfless! Our brand new pilot episode is called 'Are you a robot?' 

Freshers Fortnight - The Library on Facebook Live

Monday, 17 September, 2018 - 12:49

Whether you're #New2OU or #Back2OU, find out all about the Library on Tuesdays (at 12.30pm) and Thursdays (at 12pm) during Freshers Fortnight (September 24 to October 5).

New Left Review and Music Perception access issues, Friday 24 August

Friday, 24 August, 2018 - 16:34

Resolved 28/08/2018. The issues accessing the following Library resources ,New Left Review and Music Perception have now been fixed.

Library Search updated to new look and feel

Wednesday, 8 August, 2018 - 08:56

Library website look and feel refresh on 24 July 2018

Monday, 23 July, 2018 - 13:52

The Library website will be refreshed to a more up-to-date look and feel, consistent with other OU sites, while the content and navigation will remain the same.

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Celebrating 49 years of the OU mission

Monday, 23 July, 2018 - 12:00

49 years ago today our first Chancellor, Lord Crowther, set out the mission statement of The Open University: to be open to people, places, methods and ideas

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What does the Library do all day?

Wednesday, 11 July, 2018 - 10:53

Library website refresh: updating the look and feel

Wednesday, 4 July, 2018 - 14:28

The Library website will be updated to a more up-to-date look and feel, consistent with other OU sites.

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OU Teaching Awards 2018

Wednesday, 4 July, 2018 - 13:05

The Open University Teaching Awards were established to reward exceptional achievements in learning and teaching. Congratulations go to Fiona!

A great new opportunity to access the Times Higher Education

Friday, 22 June, 2018 - 13:16

How about having news on the latest trends and issues in Higher Education from across the world and all at your fingertips? 

SensusAccess online conversion service

Friday, 8 June, 2018 - 15:35

The OU provides access to SensusAccess, which enables print disabled students to convert material into a more accessible format.

New look and feel for Library Search

Monday, 4 June, 2018 - 17:31

Library Search will have a new look later this year. Try out the new look and feel.

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“Words, words, words.” ~ Hamlet, Act 2 Scene 2

Tuesday, 20 February, 2018 - 11:23

Can you guess the OU Library's theme for #ShakespeareSunday?