I live overseas, how can I access libraries near me?
Access to print material, or to journal articles outside our online Library resources
can be problematic for students living overseas. Unfortunately there is no equivalent Sconul Access scheme. However, there are some options that you can explore:
The External Libraries and catalogues page has information on overseas students access to libraries and includes links to library catalogues. However, access to libraries varies and books are not necessarily in English.
British Library Direct is an option, but does require payment. The cost varies depending upon the copyright of the item. Secure Electronic Delivery (SED) is available for articles, and there are instructions on the British Library web site.
The British Council is a worldwide organisation which helps people to access education in English, and has a variety of roles. Search within the main British Council web site for 'Library', and you will find many countries and services listed. There is often a charge to join, which varies country to country, and the services that are offered will vary.
You may be able to access the National Library of the country you are in, or arrange inter-library loans through them. A list of National Libraries is available from Wikipedia.
Some world wide Universities offer access to their libraries for external students. Try searching Google for the university you would like to visit. If you have a University within travelling distance then you could consider asking if they will allow you access. If necessary, a letter confirming your status as an Open University student can be provided. For further information about this please contact the Library Helpdesk.