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Freshers 2021: What the library can do for our students

Shelves of books at the Open University Library building in Milton Keynes.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. The Library is here with resources, services and expertise available to the whole OU community – staff and students included. A few highlights:

World-Class Resources – With access to thousands of ebooks, online scholarly journals and newspapers, archival sources full of treasures to explore as well as image databases and more, there really is something for everyone. Browse our collection subject areas to see what is available to support your area of interest.

Online training – Need a little guidance on how to find books and articles using Library Search? Want to learn the tricks librarians use to make searches more effective? Want more confidence in understanding how to reference things correctly? Our award-winning team of live engagement librarians conduct interactive online tutorials regularly on these topics and others. Check out our training offerings to see what is on now and to find links to recorded sessions.

24/7 Help – Whether you are a lark or a night owl, the Library Help Desk offers live online help through our 24-hour chat service. Need to find an article? Question about what keywords to use in your search? Discovered something Google can’t answer? Let a librarian help! Any time day or night, the OU Library is here for you.​