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Library Services

Your gateway to a wide range of online information resources

Services for staff

The Library offers a wealth of resources and services to support you with teaching activities, research support and personal development.

Accessing resources

Online library resources

The majority of the Library’s collection of books, journals and other research material is available online through Library Search and the list of research databases. There are curated guides of research material grouped by subject area and type of material.

Libraries near you

There may be times when it would be beneficial to visit another academic library that is nearby to you. The OU Library is a member of the SCONUL access scheme, which allows staff to use the collections of other academic libraries. Most UK university libraries participate in the scheme and you are welcome to apply to become a SCONUL member to use this resource.

Using the Library at Walton Hall

At the Walton Hall campus, Milton Keynes, you can use the library building for study space and to borrow physical books from the collections.

Library tools

The Library has developed tools to assist with locating research material that can be installed or used on your device. The Library Access Browser Extension allows you to access library resources directly from external websites. You can save URLs to easily locate these resources again by using the EZproxy URL generator or EZproxy DOI resolver.

Help and Support

Find out where to go for help with using the OU Library, including finding, using and referencing materials. This includes online guides, training and contacting the Library for further help.

Supporting students

Digital and information literacy skills

The OU Library has developed support for integrating digital and information literacy into the curriculum, to help students achieve personal, study and work-related goals.

Information literacy toolkit

Use this tutor’s tool to develop materials for use in tutorials and module materials that aim to develop students’ information literacy. 

Disabled user support

The OU Library provides support for making research materials accessible at a distance by providing guidance on searching databases, as well as access to SensusAccess, which converts inaccessible files into different formats. For specific requirements, you can get in touch with the Library Helpdesk.  

Module production

Supporting learning and teaching (internal)

The intranet pages provide access to support and services for learning and teaching

Request new books

You can request electronic titles for the library stock. If the title will be used by students, contact your Academic Liaison Librarian team or the Library Helpdesk

Document delivery

The Document Delivery and Inter-libraryLloans service provides access to items not held by The Open University Library.

OUDA: The OU's Digital Archive of historical and teaching output

The OU Digital Archive contains Open University study materials and items relating to the history of the University.


Library Research Support website

Access the Library Services Research Support pages for information on managing your research profile and disseminating your publications and data, so that University and funder requirements are met.

Funding opportunities

Find out how to keep updated with news and alerts about sources of funding by discipline and sponsor. You can also find alternative ways of funding postgraduate research.

Bibliographic Management

Guidance on selecting a bibliographic or reference management tool to manage and create references, and how to get support with using these tools.

Research data management

To ensure your research data is open and accessible to other researchers, it is important to manage data effectively. The Library’s Research Support Team can help throughout the research lifecycle with research data management.

Open Research Online

Open Research Online (ORO) is the OU’s online repository for OU research outputs. You can access the research of others and submit your research to ORO.


Find guidance on using bibliometrics, or quantitative research indicators, responsibly, to evaluate the impact of research and authors.