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Your gateway to a wide range of online information resources

Welcome to the Open University Library

New to the library?

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

Jan 30

Using Library Search for your assignment

Mon, 30/01/2023 - 20:00

Learn how to find specific resources and how to find information on a topic using Library Search.

Feb 02

The why and how of referencing

Thu, 02/02/2023 - 12:30

Learn why referencing is important, how to construct references and where to go for help and support.

Library News

Celebrating ten years of the Library Student Panel

Friday, 27 January, 2023 - 10:40

In 2022 we celebrated ten years of the Library Student Panel which is the longest running at the OU. We surveyed our members to learn...

New features in Library Search records - now live!

Monday, 23 January, 2023 - 15:50

We have launched a system that adds extra information to resource descriptions in Library Search.

Library Helpdesk

Library Helpdesk

Chat to a Librarian - Available 24/7

Other ways to contact the Library Helpdesk

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.