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Home Services for you External staff and students

Staff and students from other Higher Education Institutions that are members of the SCONUL Access scheme are welcome to join the Library at Walton Hall in order to borrow books and use the wireless internet through Eduroam or The Cloud. Staff and students at non-SCONUL Universities or other HE Institutions may use the Library at Walton Hall for reference and study purposes only.

SCONUL Access: information for students and staff from other universities

You need to ask your home institution for a SCONUL Access acceptance email before visiting the Open University Library if you wish to use these services.


  • To obtain a free Open University library card you will also need proof of current SCONUL Access membership showing the expiry date and Band category allocated.
    No photograph is required and the Open University Library card should be ready to post to you within 2 days
  • Your current Sconul Access will be confirmed with your academic library before an OU Library card will be issued.
  • Please note you should carry a copy of your Sconul access acceptance email and your institution ID card with you when visiting the Open University Library as you may be asked to produce these at any time.
  • To check if your University is member of SCONUL Access use the SCONUL Access pages
  • SCONUL Access membership can be requested online, or contact your University Library for guidance
  • If your home institution provides Eduroam Wifi you will be able to use wifi in the Library at Walton Hall. You can check the Eduroam website to see if your institution provides this service. You must speak to your home institution's IT support before visiting the Library at Walton Hall as you may have to register or set up the service at your home institution before being able to use it elsewhere. Alternative WiFi is provided by The Cloud.

Open University collections

OUDAThe OU Digital Archive (OUDA) contains Open University study materials and items relating to the history of the University. The Open University Archive The Archive holds historical materials of the Open University and unique research collections. You will need to make an appointment with the University Archive team to view the collections.

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