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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.
We will continue to update this page with the latest information as both government and university guidelines change.
The Library Helpdesk remains available 24/7 through our chat to a librarian service or via email and by phone between 9 and 5 Monday to Friday.
The OU Help Center has updated information and advice on the differences you can expect to the usual services and support.
If you have books or other items out on loan, you can return them when you are ready, but there is no rush.
Library Services is pleased to announce the reopening of the library building for Open University staff and Postgraduate Research students from Monday 6 September 2021, for access to study spaces and print materials. Access to the building will be by swipe card only. For more details visit the Library building reopening news story on the Library intranet site.
The Library building will remain closed to visitors until both we and the University's Estates department are confident we can reopen whilst ensuring the safety and welfare of everyone in the building.
The SCONUL Access scheme, has been suspended until further notice.
University campuses have strict social distancing measures in place, greatly reducing access to library buildings and collections. University libraries are prioritising access to their spaces and collections for their own students.
We are not currently able to process applications for Library cards and SCONUL Access accounts.