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Your gateway to a wide range of online information resources

Welcome to the Open University Library

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Learn about the online library and how to find and manage resources with our Getting started guide.

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Upcoming Training and events

Nov 08

Introduction to Library Services

Mon, 08/11/2021 - 19:30

Learn about the online library, how to find help and support, and how to access key services to help with your studies or work at the OU.

Nov 17

Smarter searching with library databases

Wed, 17/11/2021 - 13:00

Learn how to access library databases, take advantage of the functionality they offer, and devise a proper search technique.

Library News

NEW Digital Archive Exhibition: The Open Programme

Monday, 4 October, 2021 - 15:26

In 2019, the Open Programme celebrated 50 years of offering OU students the chance to study across a wide choice of subjects, to create...

Freshers 2021: What the library can do for our students

Tuesday, 28 September, 2021 - 14:23

With a new academic year starting, you may be wondering what kind of support is out there to help our students make the most of their ​​...

Library Helpdesk

Library Helpdesk

Chat to a Librarian - Available 24/7

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Services for postgraduate researchers

OU Researchers and research students have access to a world class collection of online resources, a document delivery service, and guidance on skills development.

Joining the Open University Library

How to register for a library card to borrow books from the library building on the campus in Milton Keynes.