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Open University awards Dr Jane Secker Honorary Doctorate

Friday, 18 November, 2022 - 13:52

Our Associate Director, Selena Killick, presented Dr Jane Secker with an Honorary Doctorate at the Brighton graduation ceremony.

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OU Archive featured in James Bond documentary

Thursday, 17 November, 2022 - 08:41

A newly-released James Bond documentary features a clip taken from the OU Digital Archive.

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Librarian wins Business Network award

Monday, 7 November, 2022 - 15:28

Our Learning & Teaching Librarian Aruna won an award at this year’s Single Mums Business Network Awards.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning 2022 fundraising success

Monday, 31 October, 2022 - 15:58

We held our first in-person fundraiser since before the pandemic, hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning.

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OU Library and Scottish Universities Press

Wednesday, 19 October, 2022 - 10:47

The OU Library joined with 17 other Scottish University libraries to create a new open access publishing press.

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NEW Diverse Voices library resource list

Wednesday, 5 October, 2022 - 10:04

Introducing Diverse Voices - a collection of library resources featuring writers from diverse, typically under-represented groups.

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Hola! Bonjour! Hullo! Language resources for your studies

Monday, 26 September, 2022 - 16:35

Interested in learning languages? We have resources for you! 

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Library building closed on Monday 19 September

Thursday, 15 September, 2022 - 10:32

The Betty Boothroyd Library building at the Open University campus will be closed on Monday 19 September.

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E-Content Adviser re-elected as Chair for Business Librarians Association

Friday, 15 July, 2022 - 09:26

E-Content Adviser Sjoukje Schots has been re-elected as Chair of the Business Librarians Association for another two years.

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NEW Library building reopened

Wednesday, 29 June, 2022 - 11:26

The Library building is open again!

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Continued digitisation of legacy print theses

Thursday, 23 June, 2022 - 09:26

We're continuing to move our legacy print theses collection off the library shelves to the online world.

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NEW OU Digital Archive Exhibition: The Sampson Low Collection

Thursday, 9 June, 2022 - 16:06

The OU Digital Archive has digitised the 200 letters from The Sampson Low Collection and put them online.

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New Library Search – last chance to act!

Monday, 23 May, 2022 - 08:56

This is your last chance to migrate your permalinks and Saved Searches into the new Library Search!

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Library Building Update and Borrowing Options

Monday, 16 May, 2022 - 09:28

An update on the borrowing and study space options that are available from the Library at Walton Hall.

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Opening of the Archive Research Room

Monday, 16 May, 2022 - 09:16

The new Archive Research Room is now open! Located in the Library Building on the Walton Hall campus, this space is for use by anyone who is interested in working with the OU’s physical Archive materials.

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Scottish Universities Open Access Press

Wednesday, 6 April, 2022 - 10:49

The OU Library has joined with 17 other Scottish University libraries to create a new open access publishing press.

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New Library Search – act now!

Monday, 21 March, 2022 - 16:13

It's time to rebuild your saved searches and permalinks in the new Library Search system.

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NEW Resource: Overton

Wednesday, 16 March, 2022 - 10:03

08/03/2022 Issues signing into Library Search

Tuesday, 8 March, 2022 - 11:12

Currently unable to sign in to Library Search.

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The Discovery of an 18th Century Tomb at Walton Hall

Monday, 7 March, 2022 - 15:43

The University Archive deals with fascinating artefacts all the time, but a recent discovery solved an exciting mystery!

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New Library Search is live!

Monday, 7 February, 2022 - 08:43

Our new and improved Library search is now live! Find out what you need to do now.

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Final countdown to new Library Search

Friday, 28 January, 2022 - 11:14

With less than two weeks until we launch the new Library Search, we can now explain what you will have to do when it is live.

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Open University included in the BBC 100 website

Wednesday, 12 January, 2022 - 15:47

Issues accessing Oxford Dictionaries (December 2021)

Friday, 10 December, 2021 - 16:21

We are currently experiencing issues accessing Oxford Dictionaries from the library website.

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Improving Library Search - next steps

Monday, 22 November, 2021 - 08:49

When the new Library Search launches in February, there will be a couple of things you have to do. Find out exactly what they will be.

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NEW Digital Archive Exhibition: PhD Pioneers

Monday, 8 November, 2021 - 14:18

The OU Digital Archive – in collaboration with the Graduate School – has launched a fantastic new exhibition that features the stories and experiences of twelve of the OU's first PhD graduates from 1973-79.

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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.