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An OpenTree adventure

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OpenTree is available to all OU students and staff. It's been designed to help you explore and share resources from the Open University online library, and to have a bit of fun along the way.

What can you do on OpenTree?

You have to have an OU login to register. Once you’ve created your profile, you’ll be able to:

  • earn points and badges for accessing online library resources and web pages
  • tag and keep track of the resources you’ve accessed
  • meet and 'follow' other students and staff, and see what resources they're accessing
  • review resources, and recommend them to your friends
  • have a go at challenges that direct you to online resources you might not know about.

Feedback from both staff and students has been very positive. Once you've tried OpenTree, we'd love to hear what you think about it. There is a feedback survey on the site, which takes around 15 minutes to complete. You can also tweet your comments to us at @OU_Library.

You'll find more detailed information about the site on the About OpenTree page.

An introduction to OpenTree

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Open University Library Services brings you OpenTree

The online library contains:

  • 550,000 e-books
  • 94,000 e-journals
  • 300 databases

These are all available to you whenever and wherever you need them.

And there’s more. You also have access to activities which are designed to help you learn how to use the web more effectively for work, study and everyday life. Two examples are:


OpenTree can help you to explore resources available from the online library.

You can make friends with other students, and earn points and badges. All you have to do is sign up with your OU account and build your profile.

You can make friends and see what they’re up to on OpenTree.

Your activity list is a great way to keep track of your resources. You can:

  • use tags to make them easy to find later
  • review them
  • recommend them to friends.


OpenTree ‘Challenges’ take you to online resources you might not know about. An example:

“Something to watch over the weekend: Are you interested in theatre and video? As a student, you have access to the Theatre in video database, where you’ll find videos of leading plays and documentaries. Find something interesting to watch this weekend. Theatre in Video database”

Why not register and give it a go?

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Your OpenTree profile

OpenTree isn't linked to your OU student record. Any changes to your student record, such as to your preferred email addresses, won't be reflected on your OpenTree account, and vice versa.

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