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Your gateway to a wide range of online information resources

Opening hours

The Open University is currently limiting access to campus for safety reasons. The Library building will remain closed to visitors until both we and the University's Estates department are confident we can reopen it whilst ensuring the safety and welfare of everyone in the building. The welfare and safety of our students, staff and visitors are our top priority.

The Library Helpdesk can assist with enquiries relating to finding library resources such as journals, articles and ebooks.

The Library building at Walton Hall is self-service, but Library Helpdesk staff are available to help with enquiries relating to borrowing, renewing and returning items during the hours shown below. The building is closed on public holidays observed in England and Wales and during the Open University's Christmas closure period.

Normal Opening Hours

Days Library Helpdesk Library Building (OU staff and Postgraduate researchers only)
Monday - Friday 09.00 - 17.00 09.00 - 17.00
Out of Hours Chat to a Librarian available 24/7 CLOSED
Public holidays Chat to a Librarian available 24/7 CLOSED
Nov 08

Introduction to Library Services

Monday, 8 November, 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.

Library Helpdesk

Chat to a Librarian - Available 24/7

Other ways to contact the Library Helpdesk