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

You will find the Kings Norton Library in the centre of the Cranfield campus, and it is open 24/7 to all staff and students. There is also a smaller library in Building 111, called the Management Information and Resource Centre, which provides dedicated support to those in the School of Management.

Getting started

You have a lot of information to absorb during your first week at Cranfield! If you want to get a headstart, we have an interactive PDF to introduce you to the library services available to you : Quick Start to the Library

You will have a timetabled hands-on training session with us at the start of your first term, called Discovering Quality Information. show you how to find the information that you need for your assignments, projects or research. We strongly advise you to work through our Discovering Quality Information eLearning​ and do the quiz before coming along to your session. This means that in the face-to-face session we’ll be able to concentrate on learning how to search our resources effectively.

You can also watch our induction playlist on YouTube to get an overview of our services, and find out how to log in to our resources from off-campus, use Library Search and request an interlibrary loan.


Use our websites to access our databases, eJournals and eBooks, and to find details of our printed collection. 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.

You can access nearly all our online resources from anywhere using your University network username and password.

Go to the Library website

Study space

The Kings Norton Library offers a variety of group, individual and silent study areas – please look out for the signs to make sure you are sitting in the right area! There is also a large PC Hub on the ground floor, which is very popular.

Talk to us!

You will meet your Information Specialist at the start of your course. 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.

There is also a Welcome Desk on the first floor of the Library. Please ask the staff on this Desk if you need more general help using the building; for example, help finding a book on the shelf, using the self-service machines, printing or photocopying, booking a seminar room for group work etc.

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

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