The Kings Norton Library on the Cranfield campus is open all day, every day for the benefit of our students, so they are able to study at the times that are best for them.
We thought new students might appreciate an explanation of how to access and use the building during 24/7 opening, to make it a safe, comfortable place to study:
For security, the main doors are locked outside core working hours. During this time you will need your University ID card to enter and leave the building. Use the swipe card system on the lobby door. (The lobby is at the front of the building to the right of the main doors.) Never lend your card to anyone else or hold the door open for someone you don’t know.
After 5pm each weekday evening, and all day at weekends, you will also need your ID card to use the PC Hub.
Although the Library is open 24/7, please take regular breaks and go home to get enough sleep. Sleeping in the Library is not permitted and Security staff will ask any students found sleeping to leave.
When the Library is quiet, you might feel more comfortable working in the PC Hub with other students nearby.
If you work in the Library for a long period of time and start to get chilled, you can borrow one of our fleece blankets to warm you up! You can find them in the basket next to the printers on the first floor.
Using the self-service kiosks
You must use a kiosk on the first floor to borrow or return books or other printed items. If the kiosks have a fault, please do not remove stock from the building.
Group study rooms
The study rooms on the first and second floor remain open overnight and at weekends. You can book them using the online booking system on our intranet site.
In case of emergency or suspicious behaviour
Please report any problems to the University Security guards who patrol the building. If you are unable to find one, or there is an emergency, please contact them directly by calling extension 2222 from a Library telephone on the first floor.
If the fire alarm sounds, leave the building immediately using the nearest fire exit.
And if you need help from Library staff…
Library staff are happy to help you in person, by email, telephone or Skype during core working hours – Monday to Thursday 8.30am – 9pm, and Friday 8.30am – 5pm.