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Off-site access and support

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At the Library, we know off-site students have different needs than on-site customers.

  • Access online material: Below is an explanation of how to access full text online content from on and off-site.
  • Access print material: We offer scanning and postal delivery / returns services for part-time and online students.
  • Contact us: Please contact us if you library support or advice. We regularly help customers find and access content for their research and assignments. We are available via phone, email, and can arrange online video consultations.  

Online access and passwords

Most of our online resources are available from anywhere in the world, all you need is an internet connection.

On site, you will get automatic access to most articles and eBooks found in Library Search and in our list of Databases A-Z.

Off site (and via WiFi at Shrivenham site), you will need your Cranfield login for full text access.
You have two options:

  • we strongly recommend going to: Library website > Databases A-Z > pick a database > enter your Cranfield login. 

    • This is the easiest option as database links will automatically prompt you for your Cranfield login where needed.

  • or, if you prefer to go directly to a particular database (e.g. via Google), look for a login / sign in option, choose ‘Institutional’ or 'OpenAthens' login, and select Cranfield University.

Please do not use the extranet (VPN) as most resources are incompatible. Instead, open a new browser and go directly to the library website.

OpenAthens is the authentication system most of our databases require for full text access. Once you have logged in to a resource via OpenAthens with your Cranfield login, your details will be remembered across many other databases in the same session.

There are a few resources which require registration or are not available off-site, please see the A-Z Database list for details. 


A few step-by-step examples with screenshots:

Need help with your Cranfield username or password?

Use the password manager or contact the Cranfield IT service desk.

Related areas

Request postal and scanned delivery
Part-time and online learners can request print and online materials to be sent to them.

Interlibrary loans
If you cannot find the item that you need in our printed stock or online, we can try to get it from another library for you.

Using other libraries
You can join the SCONUL Access scheme to visit other university library services nearer to your home.