Library News

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Resources downtime - Thursday 6th June 2024

Tuesday, 28 May, 2024 - 14:25

Access to Library subscribed resources Thursday 6th June, 6am to 8am

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SensusAccess online conversion service

Monday, 20 May, 2024 - 17:29

The OU provides access to SensusAccess, which enables print disabled students to convert material into a more accessible format.

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Access a wealth of resources from UK academic libraries

Monday, 13 May, 2024 - 11:46

Eligible OU students and employees can borrow books from participating university libraries or visit them to study.

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Explore the OU's heritage this Charter Day

Thursday, 11 April, 2024 - 10:46

The OU is celebrating its 55th birthday this month! Discover our fascinating history over at the OU Digital Archive.

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Learning about autism with library resources

Monday, 8 April, 2024 - 14:24

In celebration of Autism Acceptance Month, we've created a list of resources which explore the experiences of autistic people and their families.

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National Student Survey 2024 – share your views

Monday, 25 March, 2024 - 15:45

If you've received an email inviting you to respond to this year’s National Student Survey, make sure you have your say!

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What the library can do for you!

Thursday, 21 March, 2024 - 09:08

Discover the wide range of Library resources, services and expertise available to the whole OU community.

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Building notice - heating issue

Tuesday, 12 March, 2024 - 12:53

There is a heating issue in the Library building at Walton Hall. The building continues to be open normal hours.

Ebook Central resources unavailable

Tuesday, 5 March, 2024 - 10:01

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Exploring Generative AI online training session – 19 February

Thursday, 8 February, 2024 - 12:29

New online training session exploring Generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT, with guidance on the use of such tools in your studies.

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Foundations Programme – reflections and upcoming activities

Thursday, 11 January, 2024 - 11:36

Reflections from colleagues in the Foundations Programme team, highlighting the benefits they are seeing.

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Explore new Disability History and Autism Awareness Library resources

Thursday, 4 January, 2024 - 09:06

We've added a wealth of new book titles to our Exploring Equality and Diversity resource lists.

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How did the OU Library work for you last year? 2022/23

Wednesday, 3 January, 2024 - 13:36

Explore the value of engaging with the Library from our latest insight work.

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Library services over the Christmas period 2023/24

Thursday, 21 December, 2023 - 08:00

Information about building closure and ongoing online services.

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Research approval advice drop-in sessions

Monday, 6 November, 2023 - 14:37

Research Approval Advice drop-in sessions are now available for those seeking advice relating to securing approvals for their research.

Open University Library notifications

Thursday, 2 November, 2023 - 16:52

Some library notifications have been sent in error. No action is needed for books that have already been returned.

Open University Library notifications

Thursday, 2 November, 2023 - 10:46

Some library notifications have been sent in error. No action is needed for books that have already been returned.

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How partner library access can impact student success

Wednesday, 1 November, 2023 - 16:39

We've recently completed research looking into membership of the SCONUL Access scheme and the impact it has on student success.

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How to acknowledge generative AI (such as ChatGPT) in assignments

Monday, 30 October, 2023 - 12:46

Learn more about how to reference and acknowledge the use of generative AI tools like Chat GPT in your assignments.

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Friday, 13 October, 2023 - 16:59

Westlaw and Google Chrome

Friday, 13 October, 2023 - 16:18

The Hip Hop exhibition in the Library building next to Barry Watson a.k.a. DJ Kraze One.

Hip Hop 50 years exhibition in the Library building

Monday, 9 October, 2023 - 11:49

Visit the exhibition displaying artefacts from the local Milton Keynes hip hop scene.

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Explore new Black History Library resources

Tuesday, 3 October, 2023 - 08:10

We've added a wealth of new book titles to our Black History resource list, covering topics related to this year’s Black History Month theme – Celebrating Our Sisters.

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New and improved Library training session videos

Tuesday, 15 August, 2023 - 13:48

We've been working hard to improve our Library training session videos - helping you to build research skills and confidence.

On Campus Power Outage - Helpdesk Phones Unavailable

Tuesday, 15 August, 2023 - 11:37

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Library Study Volunteer roles now open

Thursday, 10 August, 2023 - 16:50

Develop your research and digital literacy skills - and make a difference to students - as a Library Study Volunteer.

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University Archive to host Heritage Open Day events on campus

Monday, 24 July, 2023 - 10:42

The University Archive is holding events this year as part of Heritage Open Days - including campus tours and archive material displays.

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Need help depositing your research data to ORO?

Monday, 3 July, 2023 - 09:16

The Library Research Support team have recently put together new guidance designed to help research students with the research and scholarship process. 

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Celebrate Pride 2023 with Library Resources

Tuesday, 20 June, 2023 - 15:15

To celebrate Pride Month, the Library has added a wealth of new book titles to its LGBTQ+ resource list.