Using the OU Library at Walton Hall
Library Services combines the best traditional library facilities and services with the latest technologies and learning opportunities, to provide a modern, quiet, spacious environment for study and research, as well as access to books, journals, multimedia and the internet. Library Services has a dedicated study room for researchers to use, with a collection of research-methodology books. There is also a seminar room in the library dedicated to research-related activities.
Your online Library
As an OU research student you have access to our world-class online library service. The Library website is a gateway to a wide range of online information resources that can help you develop your research and keep up to date with your subject. These include full-text journal articles, electronic books, statistics, newspapers, images, theses and conference proceedings.
The Information Skills for Researchers online tutorial is designed to help you through the research process.
The Library’s bibliographic management supports the software packages EndNote and RefWorks.
Both full- and part-time research students can take advantage of the document delivery service for items that are not available through the Library Services’ extensive range of electronic resources. You will also be able to use The British Library’s EThOS service for free access to full text British Doctoral Theses.
Open Research Online (ORO)
The OU’s freely accessible, open-access database of peer-reviewed research – Open Research Online – shows the range and depth of recently published OU research. An increasing number of the 14,000-plus items on ORO include full texts of the articles. See ORO.
Access to other libraries
If you would like to use other libraries, you can find out about suitable ones near you by checking the access arrangements at Library Services.
The OU Library is a member of the SCONUL Access scheme, allowing postgraduate research students to borrow from over 160 university libraries throughout the UK and Ireland.
Access to national libraries
All OU students are entitled to apply for a free pass to use the British Library's reading rooms at St Pancras in London. You will need to present two forms of identification as proof of your identity and the details of your programme of study. The National Libraries of Scotland and Wales also welcome OU students.