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COVID-19 service update

January 2021

We are keen to continue providing a high quality experience to all our customers despite the new restrictions imposed by the Government on 4 January. Please be reassured that they will have little impact on the services we have been offering you since September. 

Our services are subject to change so please check this page regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Help and support

Library staff are available online to help with your research on weekdays, 9am-5pm.

You can also find our advice on referencing, research activities, and support for off-site students by using the Help and Support area.

Online resources

As usual, you can still access the majority of our resources online 24/7 through our websites. 

Books and print materials

Click and Collect services will continue, but collection slots will be limited to 12.30-1.30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only. As Barrington Library is closed to customers, you will need to collect items from the Library porch.

You can reserve and request postal delivery of books and print items. If you only need to read a single article, book chapter, or conference paper from our stock (and it isn't available online), we can scan and email it to you. We also recommend searching our collections for an eBook or other online alternatives. 

All existing loans will be extended until Barrington Library re-opens unless your course finishes or your books have been requested by another customer (we will notify you by email if this is the case). This includes Barrington Reports loans - please ignore any overdue notices from the Reports Section.

If you wish to return books, please contact to arrange a postal return from a UK address (at no cost to yourself) or return items to Visitor Reception at the Shrivenham site main entrance (there is a returns box labelled 'Cranfield Library Returns'). 

Study space

Barrington Library will not be open to customers during the new national lockdown, and so study spaces will be unavailable.

Interlibrary loans and other requests

If you need an item that isn’t part of our online collection we are still providing an interlibrary loans service, but can only supply online material. We are not able to provide books or printed items, as the libraries that supply them to us are closed or working at a reduced capacity.

You can also Suggest a purchase (for online material only at this time).

Lab notebooks

We are unable to provide new lab notebooks until further notice.