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Joining the Open University Library

All Open University staff and students can access the full range of the library's online resources using their usual OU computer username and password. To borrow physical items from the library at Walton Hall staff and students must register separately. For staff borrowing rights will be added to your ID card. Students will receive a library card which you should bring with you when using the library

Help on how to use online resources and on how to borrow, renew and return items at Walton Hall is available from Help & Support.

Students and staff who require access to physical materials and are not able to visit the library in Milton Keynes can arrange to visit Libraries near you.

Anyone can

Library Services requires all customers to abide by our Terms and Conditions (PDF).

OU students and staff

  • If you have applied to join the SCONUL Access scheme, library registration is completed as part of your SCONUL application.
  • To borrow books from the library at Walton Hall, current OU students and staff members who do not have a staff ID card should complete the registration form
  • OU research students and OU staff who have a staff ID card need to activate the barcode on the back of your staff ID card, using the registration form.

OU Retired staff and Alumni

OU Retired staff and Alumni who would like to borrow from the physical collections at Walton Hall should complete the online registration service form.

Alumni joining the Walton Hall Library will not have access to licensed online resources, but can still use a wide range of publicly available resources. Retired staff retain access to a selection of the Library's online resources.

Help on how to use online resources and on how to borrow, renew and return items at Walton Hall is available from Help & Support

Students and staff from other educational establishments

Students and staff from universities which are members of the SCONUL Access scheme can join the OU Library and borrow materials. If your home institution provides Eduroam WiFi you will be able to use it in the Library at Walton Hall.

Before visiting the Open University Library

  1. You need to ask your home institution for a SCONUL Access acceptance email.
  2. You will also need to apply for an Open University Library card. Once your application is processed your card will be posted to your home address.

When you visit

Please bring your current University library card, your OU Library card and your SCONUL Access acceptance email from your home institution when you visit.