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.
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.
Reference management tools enable you to store and organise your references and automatically generate in-text citations and bibliographies in a variety of styles. Please review advice and guidance on selecting a reference management tool.
Both full- and part-time students can take advantage of the document delivery service for items that are not available through the Library Services’ extensive range of electronic resources. 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 research outputs – Open Research Online – shows the range and depth of published OU research. ORO also provides access to the full-text of a range of OU thesis. See ORO.
Open Research Data Online (ORDO)
Open Research Data Online (ORDO) is The Open University's research data repository. ORDO can be used for the storage of live research data, but is particularly useful for archiving and publishing research data supporting a publication or once a project is completed. Data stored in ORDO will be kept for a minimum of ten years after project completion; published data will be given a DataCite digital object identifier (DOI), providing a permanent, citable web link to help you get recognition for your work. See ORDO.
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, which allows borrowing 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 research students.