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Homepage / Library services over the Christmas period

Library services over the Christmas period


Kings Norton Library will be open 24/7 throughout the holiday period as a study space. Library staff will work until 4.30pm on Friday 16 December and will resume their normal working hours from 9am on Tuesday 3 January. In their absence, you are welcome to borrow and return items using the self-service machine. Please remember that you will need your University ID card to access and leave the building via the side door.

Our Management Information and Resource Centre (MIRC) will be open throughout the holiday period to School of Management staff and students who have swipe card access to Building 111. The Welcome Desk will be staffed until 1pm on Friday 16 December and online support will be available until 4.30pm. MIRC will then be unstaffed until 9am on Tuesday 3 January. As with Kings Norton Library, you are welcome to borrow and return items using the self-service machine.

Barrington Library will close at 12pm on Friday 16 December and reopen at 8am on Tuesday 3 January.

Online support

Please remember that most of our library resources (databases, eJournals and eBooks) are available via our website 24/7, as are our referencing and research support areas and lots more. You may also find it helpful to search our blog as many of our previous posts answer frequently asked questions. LinkedIn Learning can provide support for using applications and programmes such as Excel, Matlab and Python.

Additionally we are starting a 24/7 online chat service from Friday 16 December. Although Cranfield library staff will be unavailable over the break, cover will provided by a global team of reference librarians so you can still get in touch whenever you have a question. If they are unable to answer it they will email us and we will reply to you as soon as possible on our return to work. This service will continue in the new year whenever we are not online including overnight, at weekends, and during University holidays. Access it as you usually do, by using the chat facility on our website.

Relax with a book

Hopefully you will have some time to take a break from studying over the holiday. We have just subscribed to Libby, which provides access to a host of of fiction and non-fiction books and audiobooks. Complementing our existing leisure collection, it includes foreign language titles as well, and can be downloaded onto your phone, tablet, laptop or ereader.  Just log in using your Cranfield University username and password.

Photo by Drew Coffman on Unsplash

Written By: Karyn Meaden-Pratt

Karyn is the Library Communications Manager and University Archivist.

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