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The Open University Library

The Open University Library

Library Resources

  1. Library Services

OU students and staff have access to a world class collection of high quality and trusted online resources.

You can access these in a variety of ways:-

  • Use Library Search if you are looking for specific ejournals or ebooks or if you want to search across many of our collections
  • Select the type of resource you are looking for from the menu
Selected resources for your study Books, journals and databases have been selected for each area of study to give you an idea of what is available.
Ebooks Ebooks are like traditional books but are available online
Ejournals Ejournals are similar to magazines but the content is checked for its academic quality and they are available online

Library Information

Library Services supports students in getting the most from their studies with The Open University.

The online library provides students worldwide with access trusted, quality online library resources such as journals, ebooks and other academic resources to support their studies. One of our aims is to help students study successfully and develop skills valued by employers. Through interactive tutorials and a range of online training sessions students learn more about finding, exploring, and interacting with resources.

Open University Library Services also supports the learning, teaching, research and personal development of members of staff.

Some key areas of support are:

Advice and guidance

Providing students and staff with help and support about using and finding library resources and services seven days a week

Supporting research

Providing services and facilities dedicated to researchers’ information needs.

Access for disabled users

Providing support with using physical and online resources.

Online skills training

Providing training sessions so that students, staff and researchers can get the most out of online Library resources.

Contact us


Library Services
The Open University
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
United Kingdom

General enquiries and Library helpdesk

Contact the helpdesk for help, information and advice on using the library.

For specific help and advice please see our Help and Support.

Webchat: Chat to a Librarian, Available 24/7
Phone: +44 (0) 1908 659 001, Monday to Friday, 09.00 – 17.00