The browser extension shows an icon in the bookmarks bar. It works almost like a traffic light. If the icon is green, then you have access. A grey icon means that access is denied. If the material you’d like to use doesn’t seem accessible, Library Access will automatically check for open access versions of the article.

Getting started with the Library Access browser extension

The browser extension can be installed by following the simple steps below.

  1. Go to
  2. Install the extension for your browser.
  3. Select Open University (UK) as the institution.
  4. Search for articles and journals.
  5. If you're not already signed into The Open University, sign in with your OU computer username and password.
  6. Enjoy quick and simple access to all licensed resources!

What about my privacy?

By using the Library Access extension you will remain completely anonymous. The Library Access browser extension doesn’t collect any personal information unless you actively share it. And it doesn’t collect your IP address or your device’s unique device IDs.

Do you want to know more? The privacy statement for the extension contains the information you need.

About the Trial

The Open University Library is trialing an internet browser extension tool to support access to academic articles, journals and databases licensed by the library. A browser extension is a small piece of software that you can add to your internet browser, for example Google Chrome or Internet Explorer. The Library Access browser extension makes it simple to access academic articles, journals and databases licensed by The Open University Library, wherever you are and whenever you need it.

We would love to hear feedback about the Library Access browser extension. Please let us know what you think as it will help us when deciding if we should continue with this service after the trial.

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