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Announcing a new and improved Library Search

Wednesday, 6 October, 2021 - 08:27

We've made Library Search better than ever! The new version will launch in February 2022

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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 a personalised course of study across a range of academic disciplines.

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New UKRI Open Access Policy Announced

Monday, 4 October, 2021 - 14:50

​​​UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced a new open access policy, following extensive consultation with the sector. The policy applies to all research publications that acknowledge funding from any of UKRI’s councils.

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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 ​​studies.

Issues across OU Systems and the library - 13/09/21

Monday, 13 September, 2021 - 09:41

Issues accessing library databases - 12th August 2021

Thursday, 12 August, 2021 - 15:24

The University is currently experiencing significant network and systems issues which is also affecting access to library databases and resources.

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Activities Added to Online Training Session Pages

Thursday, 5 August, 2021 - 09:05

We've added new online activities to the Training and events section of our website.

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Library Helpdesk by webchat, email and phone

Monday, 19 July, 2021 - 08:55

Phone service at the Library Helpdesk has resumed. You can reach us through our 24/7 chat to a librarian service, email and by phone. 

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) notice of service availability

Monday, 12 July, 2021 - 10:42

The Open University is currently limiting access to campus for safety reasons. The welfare and safety of our students, staff and visitors is our top priority.

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New Publishing Deal with Taylor and Francis

Thursday, 8 July, 2021 - 14:45

We are thrilled to announce that we have recently invested in a new Read and Publish deal with Taylor & Francis! 

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Providing Library Resources to Students in Secure Environments

Wednesday, 7 July, 2021 - 10:46

The Open University has been providing world-class education to students in prison for over 40 years. 

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Pride with the OU Library!

Wednesday, 26 May, 2021 - 14:10

Come and celebrate Pride 2021 with the OU Library!

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Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021

Friday, 14 May, 2021 - 16:41

Thursday 20 May 2021 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, an international event to raise awareness of digital access.

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New Resource: PsychiatryOnline

Friday, 7 May, 2021 - 12:48

We now have access to PsychiatryOnline - a collection from American Psychiatric Publishing, a Division of the American Psychiatric Association.

Being a librarian was something I always wanted to be, without knowing it! Librarians are teachers, researchers, advisors, and (in my case) data heads all in one, there's so much I can get involved in every single day.

Celebrating National Librarian Day 2021

Friday, 16 April, 2021 - 11:14

Today, on Friday 16th April 2021, we are celebrating National Librarian Day! It's a chance to be thankful for all the knowledge that librarians possess. 

World Autism Awareness Week 2021

Friday, 26 March, 2021 - 09:36

We are celebrating Autism Awareness Week, to help increase awareness and acceptance of autism.

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Discover scholarly journals and stay current with BrowZine

Tuesday, 16 March, 2021 - 09:54

BrowZine is a Library-subscribed service that allows you to browse, read and follow scholarly journals. 

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Easy access to Library content

Tuesday, 16 March, 2021 - 09:49

The Library Access browser extension makes it easier to access Library-subscribed resources as you do your searching across the web. 

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New resource: Anthropology Resource Library

Wednesday, 13 January, 2021 - 09:54

The Anthropology Resource Library provides comprehensive, multimedia resources for the study of anthropology, including the largest collection of ethnographic videos and previously unpublished archival field materials.

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New resource: JoVE Unlimited

Wednesday, 13 January, 2021 - 09:34

For the next 5 years, we have access to all of JoVE's Education and Research content which provides video demonstrations of tools and techniques used by scientists in laboratories around the world.

Intermittent issues accessing Nexis UK and Lexis Library

Thursday, 24 December, 2020 - 14:49

Some people are unable to get into the Nexis UK and Lexis Library databases

Delayed response to enquiries - 09/11/2020

Monday, 9 November, 2020 - 15:59

Due to technical issues with Open University systems there may be a delay in responses to email enquiries sent to the Library Helpdesk

Issues accessing JSTOR

Friday, 16 October, 2020 - 16:32

Currently you may be unable to view the JSTOR Browse Collection page and search functions are unavailable.

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Celebrating Black History Month

Thursday, 1 October, 2020 - 08:13

We are celebrating Black History Month with Archives, resource lists and poetry! 

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Accessing Times Higher Education (THE) 30/09/2020

Wednesday, 30 September, 2020 - 14:29

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Hello to all our new and returning students!

Thursday, 24 September, 2020 - 08:47

Welcome to a new academic year OU students! The team here at the OU Library is looking forward to helping you with your studies – whether you’re brand new to the OU, or are taking the next step towards completing your degree. 

Let’s get digital! Build your digital skills

Friday, 14 August, 2020 - 16:07

Library Services and OpenLearn have revised and refreshed the Badged Open Course (BOC), Digital skills: Succeeding in a digital world.

Library Search linking issues - 6th July 2020

Monday, 6 July, 2020 - 14:28

Update 7th July 2020: this has now been resolved and all links are now working.

We are aware of an issue currently affecting links to resources from Library Search.