Welcome to all our new students! We are looking forward to meeting you soon.

You will find the Kings Norton Library building in the centre of the Cranfield campus, but most of our services and resources are online.

Getting started

You have a lot of information to absorb during your first weeks at Cranfield! You can find an overview of our services on our website depending on whether you are a Master’s student or a research student.

Your information specialist

You will meet your Information Specialist during your induction period. They are your main point of contact when you need help using the resources in the library. They know your Course Director and the modules you are undertaking, and they understand your area of study.

If you have any questions about using library services in general, please contact us by email – library@cranfield.ac.uk – and we will reply to you as soon as possible on weekdays, 9am – 5pm. There are a team of staff working online to help you. If we can’t answer your question quickly by email we will arrange a time for a telephone or video call with you, whichever you prefer.

You can also ask us questions and get in touch with us via Facebook and Twitter.

Online resources

The majority of our resources (databases, eJournals and eBooks) are available on our website, so you can access them 24/7 from anywhere using your University network username and password.

Library Search is a great place to start, because it allows you to search across our printed collection and a broad selection of our online databases. We recommend you search specific databases individually when you need to find more targeted content relevant to your particular subject.

Go to the Library website

Access to the building

As you might expect, our services are a little different this year. The building itself is only open for two services:

  • Click and Collect – reserve items from our printed collection and then book a time to pick them up. We have placed shelves on the ground floor to make it quick and easy for you to collect them. (You don’t need an appointment to return items afterwards.)
  • Study space – Seating has been reduced to enable social distancing. 40 private study spaces are currently available in the PC Hub (on the ground floor) and on the first and second floors, and can be booked up to one week in advance. Please follow the signage to find your allocated seat.

Both these services must be booked in advance on our website. Please do not come into the library for any other reason. All our main services and support are online via our website.

Talk to us!

We haven’t started a year like this before! This is a new situation for all of us, so if there is something you think we could change or do better, or if you have any questions at all, then please let us know – library@cranfield.ac.uk. We may not be able to chat with you in-person just yet, but we are still here and we are happy to help you however we can.

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