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Studying in the Library


Visiting us

The Kings Norton Library is open 24/7 for Cranfield University staff and students. Library staff are available to help you Monday to Thursday, 9am-5pm and Friday, 9am-4.30pm. You can also use our online chat facility 5-8pm Monday to Thursday if you need help in the evening.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, please read our advice before you visit.

  • You need your University ID card to use the Library outside core working hours. For security, the main doors are locked and you must use the swipe card system on the lobby door to enter and leave the building. (The lobby is 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. 
  • You must use a self-service kiosk on the first floor to borrow or return books or other printed items. Please do not remove stock from the building if it sets off the security gate alarm, or if the kiosks have a fault.
  • We are unable to offer University PCs, so please bring your own device to use our online resources and to print.
  • If the fire alarm sounds, leave the building immediately using the nearest fire exit.

Need help?

Please speak to a member of staff at the Welcome Desk and they will be happy to help you. The desk is staffed whenever the building is open.

Study spaces

There is no need to book – just find an available seat. You will need to bring your own device as we are still unable to offer University PCs. 

We have created red, amber and green noise zones in the building:

Silent study areas: The top floor and the reports and archive areas of the ground floor (accessible via the back staircases)
Quiet study area: The first floor 
Group and collaborative working: The PC Hub and Library atrium

View a map of the building, including our zoning policy

Please work in the area of the Library that most suits your needs. Please sanitise your work area before and after use.

Using group study rooms

Up to eight students can study together in one of our rooms, but you must all wear masks. Room 4 is on the first floor. Rooms 5 and 6 are on the second floor. Book a study room

Printing and scanning

We have printers on all three floors. There are two A3 printers, one on the first floor and one in the PC Hub on the ground floor. You will need to bring your own device to print; it is not possible to print from mobile phones or USB sticks.

Taking a break

There are vending machines and toilets on the ground floor, in the main atrium.

Lost property

Lost property is collected and stored at the Welcome Desk on the first floor. Please hand in anything that you believe has been mislaid by another student. And of course, ask us if you think you have lost something!