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Building Update - July works scheduled

Monday, 1 July, 2019 - 11:56

Exploring the law about same-sex relationships

Wednesday, 19 June, 2019 - 11:29

Use databases, parliamentary debates, dictionaries and newspapers to find out more about the law relating to same sex relationships.

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Using library resources to understand transgender issues

Saturday, 8 June, 2019 - 09:30

Dictionaries, newspapers and databases giving us a glimpse into transgender life. 

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Visiting the Open University Library at Milton Keynes? Temporary Disruption

Thursday, 6 June, 2019 - 09:31

Work will comenence on 10 June to increase collaborative working and private study spaces; and redesign the ground floor. 

Take PRIDE in our history

Saturday, 1 June, 2019 - 09:30

Launching PRIDE month with a quick look at a couple of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender resources.

Athens Sign in problems - Resolved

Friday, 31 May, 2019 - 09:10

The issues affecting Library Search sign in and access to ‘Athens’ databases have been resolved.

Taylor and Francis intermittent access issues

Thursday, 30 May, 2019 - 13:49

There are currently intermittent problems with access to Taylor and Francis ebooks and journals, we are working to resolve these.

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Episode 6: Completely Shelfless - Keep calm and study on

Thursday, 30 May, 2019 - 09:46

In this month's podcast Fiona and Jude are finding ways to prepare and keep calm during the exam season, with lots of hints and tips.

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OU Library Wins the 2019 LILAC Award

Thursday, 9 May, 2019 - 11:43

In recognition of excellence in teaching and innovation in delivering information literacy (IL) skills training, the OU Library’s Live Engagement team was awarded LILAC’s information literacy award at their annual conference on 24 April. Bringing together practitioners from across the UK and with an international reach, LILAC’s annual conference focusses on best practices in library user education. This award shines a national spotlight on the team’s achievement in teaching through online training sessions, podcasts, Facebook Live and other methods.  

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Completely Shelfless – Associating with the Students Association

Friday, 26 April, 2019 - 10:32

In Episode 5 of the Library's podcast we talk to the Students Association

New Scientist Access issue Wednesday 17th April

Wednesday, 17 April, 2019 - 12:32

We have temporarily lost access to the New Scientist through the magazine archive. Access via EBSCO Academic search complete


Episode 4 of Completely Shelfless – The Library then and now

Thursday, 28 March, 2019 - 09:30

Listen to our new podcast episode detailing how the library has changed in the past 50 years.

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Episode 3 of Completely Shelfless - Open Research

Thursday, 28 February, 2019 - 12:55

Listen to our new podcast episode about how we support OU Research in the library.

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The OU’s Double-Award Winning Library

Monday, 25 February, 2019 - 13:44

The OU Library was recently awarded not one, but two distinctions in teaching and student support. The Live Engagement and Engagement and Insight teams both received OU Teaching Awards for Excellence in Developing Students’ Academic and Learning Skills in February 2019.


The Library Listens!

Wednesday, 20 February, 2019 - 13:30

The OU Library actively seeks your feedback to develop services and resources to ensure we are student-focused and meet the needs of the OU community and beyond.  

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Everyone gets a Library!

Thursday, 31 January, 2019 - 11:27

The second full episode of the library's pilot podcast 'Completely Shelfless' is available now.

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Student Shadowing in the Library

Monday, 28 January, 2019 - 13:53

Interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the OU Library? We are seeking participants to Shadow in the Library at the Milton Keynes Campus.

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National Student Survey now open!

Monday, 21 January, 2019 - 12:40

The 2019 National Student Survey is now OPEN! If you’re in our survey sample you’ll receive an email with a unique survey link. 

SCONUL applications – 16/01/2019

Wednesday, 16 January, 2019 - 16:45

SCONUL access applications submitted on the 16th January, please re-apply

Direct links to Safari Ebooks issue Friday 11th January

Friday, 11 January, 2019 - 16:35

Direct links to Safari Ebooks from module materials are not working

Christmas 2018 Access to the library building and online help

Friday, 21 December, 2018 - 15:45

Information about building closure and help & support over the holiday period

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Episode one of Completely Shelfless out now

Tuesday, 18 December, 2018 - 10:05

Completely shelfless is the new podcast from the OU Library. Episode one is out now.

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Changes to how you can access online newspapers

Thursday, 13 December, 2018 - 16:47

The Library's newspaper databases are changing, with over 2,300 more newspapers being added to the online Library.

Completely Shelfless – a podcast from the OU Library!

Friday, 7 December, 2018 - 14:26

Listen in to our latest adventure, a new podcast called Completely Shelfless! Our brand new pilot episode is called 'Are you a robot?' 

Freshers Fortnight - The Library on Facebook Live

Monday, 17 September, 2018 - 12:49

Whether you're #New2OU or #Back2OU, find out all about the Library on Tuesdays (at 12.30pm) and Thursdays (at 12pm) during Freshers Fortnight (September 24 to October 5).

New Left Review and Music Perception access issues, Friday 24 August

Friday, 24 August, 2018 - 16:34

Resolved 28/08/2018. The issues accessing the following Library resources ,New Left Review and Music Perception have now been fixed.

Library Search updated to new look and feel

Wednesday, 8 August, 2018 - 08:56