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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Notice of Building Closure and Service Changes
The new library building, and related things
Work will comenence on 10 June to increase collaborative working and private study spaces; and redesign the ground floor.
Details of the Library Services Leadership team
Library Services strategies and services support the Open University's mission to be open and the movement to Open Access in Academic content.
Library Services supports the teaching, learning and research of the University by ensuring that all staff and students have access to world-class resources.
The library is now focussing on developing and promoting its electronic resources, rather than its print collections. We are therefore no longer accepting donations of print materials.
A one day event in July 2013 focussing on the challenges MOOCs pose to traditional library services, and the opportunities they offer for libraries to rethink and revitalise.
A short animated video introduces you to the OU Library. A linked series of subject-specific introductions explore how library resources can support your studies with the OU.
Bob discovers the vast range of resources available through the online library, as well as some introductory guides and tutorials that will help him use them.
Guidance on the resources and services available to disabled students, including tips on database accessibility, supported literature searching and alternative formats.
Complete the feedback form to make a comment or suggestion, and help us to ensure that we provide the best services and resources possible.
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.
The SCONUL Access Scheme allows staff and students from participating institutions to borrow books and use the wireless internet at Walton Hall.
Library Services supports organisations working in partnership with the Open University through the provision of publicly available and Open Access resources.
We regularly involve you in assessing our services and resources. This helps us understand your needs and enables us to drive forward the development of new services.
An introduction to the key policies supporting and defining services from the OU Library.
OU Library Services' commitment to our customers is to ensure your needs are the focus of the services and collections that we provide.
Opening hours for the OU library helpdesk, the library building and customer services.
How to contact Library Services
Information about contacting the library, who we are, projects, policies and opening hours. Also includes library animations and videos.
The library building at Walton Hall has PCs for educational use, Wi-Fi access, and rooms for private study.
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Other ways to contact the Library Helpdesk
Find your personal contacts including your tutor and student support
Help with the University’s computing systems:
Help with accessing the online library, referencing and using libraries near you: