The collection

​The collection is made up of books, reports, theses, DVDs and CD-ROMs which are available for loan.

Books and pamphlets

There are over 55,000 books, pamphlets, theses and conference proceedings on all aspects of policing, crime and criminal justice. There is also a significant collection of material on management, law and some areas of social sciences.

Audiovisual material

Over 400 videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs are held. Language courses are also available.  There are DVD viewing facilities in the Library.


Approximately 250 journal titles are taken. These are scanned daily for items of interest and selected items are added to the catalogue. There are currently over 30,000 articles available to be searched. We do not lend journals, but will supply copies of articles for you to keep, provided your requests comply with copyright legislation.  ​

Police Gazette

We hold copies of the Police Gazette (published before 2002), please contact the library for access. If you have a PNN or GSi email address, you can access recent editions on POLKA, go to the communities page and search for 'Police Gazette'.

Classification scheme for books and pamphlets


3APolice - powers, accountability, sociology, ethics
3BPolice ​​forces - history and description 
3COrganization, planning and administration
3DPersonnel; staff management; education
3EBasic procedures, orders and memoranda; general police manuals
3FPolice departments; police work
3GPublic relations
3HOther official and private police
3JCriminal law and procedure
3LCrimes/offences against the State; political and administrative crimes
3MOffences against public order
3NOffences against the person
3QOffences against property
3SCriminal investigation
3TCrime; criminology; crime prevention
3UJuvenile delinquency
3WProbation; reformation
3XPenal institutions
300-339Social Sciences
600-659Management, Human Resources and Training

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