Students and staff from other universities are welcome to use the Kings Norton Library on our Cranfield campus as members of the SCONUL Access scheme.

You will be eligible to use our service to borrow items if you are a:

  • Member of university staff or a research student (Band A);
  • Part-time, distance learning or placement student (Band B);
  • Full-time taught postgraduate (Band C).

You will be eligible to use our service for reference purposes if you are a SCONUL Access member but not one of the above categories of users (Band R).

Joining our Library

To use our service, you will need to be a member of the SCONUL Access scheme. If you have not already joined the scheme you will need to register online via the SCONUL Access website. Your application will need to be approved by your university's library prior to your visit to us.

The first time you visit us, you will need to come to the Welcome Desk on the first floor and show us a copy of the approval email you were sent confirming your membership of the scheme.

You will need to bring your membership card with you each time you visit us. Please come to the Welcome Desk on arrival to show us your card and sign in.

Borrowing entitlements

All SCONUL Access members are welcome to use our stock for reference purposes. If you are a SCONUL Access Band A, B or C member you may also borrow up to three items on a six week loan basis. Before you visit us, we recommend you use the Kings Norton Library Library Search to make sure we have stock that will be of interest to you. (Please be aware that our Library Search also contains the details of stock held in our Management Information and Resource Centre, which is not open to SCONUL members. Check the location of any items you’re interested in to make sure they are held at the Kings Norton Library.)

Membership does not entitle you to use our electronic resources or have general use of computers. If, however, your home institution is a member of the Eduroam wireless service, you are welcome to access the internet and your own library's electronic resources via your laptop from our campus. Please ensure you have set up your Eduroam account prior to visiting Cranfield - please discuss this with you home institution if you are unsure.

Rules and regulations for SCONUL Access members (PDF, 48KB)

Visiting hours

Please note that members of SCONUL Access may only use our services during our core staffed business hours of 8:30am-9pm, Monday-Thursday, and 8:30am-5pm on Fridays.

If you are planning to visit the Cranfield campus by car on a weekday between 8am-5pm you will need to book in and obtain a visitor parking permit. Call in at the University’s Main Reception when you arrive.

Further information about visiting us can be found on our How to find Cranfield page.