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Search the National Police Library Catalogue

This is the starting point for your research. The catalogue is actively updated by the library team, indexing and cataloguing policing-related books, journals and reports. If you cannot find the books or resources you require - don't give up on your search. Please contact us - we will purchase new resources that meet our collection development policy.


Search the library catalogue for books, ebooks, reports, theses, multimedia, grey literature and over 35,000 journal articles. 


It also contains links to full-text material where available - you can view resources immediately online.

Registered library members should login with their borrower number before making selections and submitting requests so that books can be posted to you or reserved, and scanned journals can be emailed.

Previously UK police were able to access our eResources (electronic journals) directly from our catalogue via the PNN (Police National Network) without logging in. The recent migration to the PSN (Public Services Network) has led to a loss of access for some forces. Please contact us for an Athens account if you require access to journals. An Athens account allows access to our eResources from any computer, not just your force network.

Access to eResources

Searching the catalogue is one way to search journals, however you can also search specific databases directly. See below for direct access to databases - you will need an Athens account to view full-text articles. If you cannot access a journal or if the Library does not currently subscribe to a title, please contact us - we will consider purchasing new policing-related titles.


Coverage: education, political science, social science and sociology. It searches 15 commercial databases with thousands of full text journals.


Coverage: leadership and business management, now with a growing content in the social sciences, public policy and education. It searches a portfolio of over 290 journals and 2,000 books and book series volumes.



Criminal Justice Abstracts
Contains more than 400,000 records . Subjects include: criminology; criminal justice; criminal law and procedure; corrections and prisons; police and policing; criminal investigation; forensic sciences and investigation; history of crime; substance abuse and addiction; probation and parole. This resource includes full text for more than 270 magazines and journals.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
This is the world's largest full text psychology database, covering more than 500 journals.

The American Psychological Association’s renowned resource for abstracts of peer-reviewed literature in behavioural science and mental health. It contains over 3 million records and summaries dating back to the 1600s.  Journal coverage from the 1800s to the present.

Medline/Web of Science 

Coverage: medicine, life sciences, sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.'Web of Knowledge' incorporates Medline (US National Library of Medicine database with global coverage of  4900 journals) and Web of Science (12,000 journals and 120,000 conference proceedings).

Westlaw (Contact the Library who can run searches on your behalf)

Coverage: legal cases and a wide range of UK and European legal information; also good coverage of news items from national and local newspapers and newsfeeds.

We also provide access to other journals - see our eResources page for the full list.

Please contact us for an Athens account if you require access to journals.

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