Guide to off campus access

  • Oxford Brookes University Library operates on three sites; however the main location for printed health and social care resources is Headington Library, in the John Henry Brookes Building on the Gipsy Lane Campus. 

    If you wish to visit the library you would be very welcome – please do check the Library website for information about visiting the library, library services, and  opening times, prior to your visit and don’t forget to bring your student card! 

    However, as a Part-time, Online or Distance Learning student, we appreciate that it may not be possible for you to visit the library in person, and there are lots of resources available online which you can use from your home or work PC, laptop or mobile device.

    The following sections list details about some of our key resources.
    If you have any questions about any of the resources, then please do contact us by email or phone using our contact details in the box to the right.

    We also have a Facebook page and a Twitter account @OBUHealthLibs.

    We also have a short marketing video which will tell you about the support that the Library can offer.

  •  We've produced a handy video guide to help you use our books and journals.

    If you've been given the details of a book or journal which you need to read, then you can find either using our main Library search box.

    • Electronic journals (e-journals) are listed on our Journal titles list. If you have been given the details of an article you need to read, select the tab called Journal titles before typing in the name of the journal.
    • To access electronic books (e-books) use the Books & e-books tab on the main search box. Type in the author's last name and a keyword from the book title. You'll find both print copies and e-books listed, look for the note saying E-book and the link to Access the Resource

    If you need to find journal articles on a specific topic, you will need to use a Health and Social Work database - the next section tells you how to do this.

    To find articles on a topic, you need to use one of our Health and Social Work databases. These are the indexes to articles/reports/trials on a topic.

    If you need help with database searching – we've created two useful written guides, and loads of step by step videos.

    You'll find all of these on our How to... guides page.

    Once you have done a database search – some articles will be available straight away by opening a PDF file or by clicking on the blue/green Full-Text Finder button. However, if you are unable to access an article or you need to obtain a chapter from a book you can request it from the library via our Interlibrary Loan service. Full details and an online application form are available on the library website /library/library-services/borrowing/interlibrary-loans-service/ . There is a fee for this service, but photocopies can either be emailed to you directly or be posted to your home address. (There may be an additional charge for posting abroad). Fees can be paid over the phone using a credit or debit card.

    If you are working in an NHS Trust, you should have access to your NHS Trust Medical Library. You will also be able to use NHS online resources via an NHS Athens password. Speak to your Manager to find out where your NHS Library is or have a look at  
    To find out more about NHS Athens passwords and the resources available to you, have a look at our webpage /library/subject-help/health-and-social-work/nhs-resources/

    SCONUL Access is a co-operative scheme between many of the higher education libraries in the UK and Ireland. Oxford Brookes Library is a member of this scheme which enables most part-time and distance learning students, and full time postgraduates to borrow or use participating libraries. The SCONUL Access website provides details of member libraries and an online application form. Click on the tab Sconul Access at the top left of the website,to find out which libraries you can use. Enter your student status, and Oxford Brookes University, and you will be given a list of reciprocal libraries. Find the Library you wish to use and click on the link. Then Click on the Apply for Access button and complete the online registration form. You will then be advised what you need to do next.

    You may also find the library webpage on Access to Other Libraries useful /library/site-libraries/access-to-other-libraries/