National Police Library

The National Police Library holds a unique national collection including significant volumes of policing grey literature unavailable elsewhere. We also provide College members access to over 10,000 journals as well as books and eBooks.

The Library collections are available to all College of Policing members. For full access, Police Officers and staff can register for College membership then login to the membership site to complete the library registration form.

Search the full collection using Police Library Search.

Search for College documents, historic guidance and grey literature using Classic Catalogue

Follow the National Police Library on Twitter @policelibrary for regular updates on services and resources.


You can read about an officers experience of using the National Police Library and find out how it can help you. This is for members only. If you’re not already a member, join today. Please visit our membership site for further information.

Additional services

In addition to our resources, members will also gain access to a number of services:

  • Research support - provided by our Research Librarians based in London and Ryton. They work on developing specialist, systematic search strategies for internal and external research projects, supporting our objective to build the evidence base in policing.
  • Enquiries service - our fully trained staff are able to help with enquiries relating to essays, dissertations and theses in criminology and policing. We can also assist with police work related enquiries on guidance and College documents or provide searches for information on current topics.
  • Training - see Training for information on inductions and advanced search training.
  • Postal loans - see Using the Library for information on loans and eligibility.
  • Police Gazette archive - available to UK police only. See The Collection for further information.

Contacting the Library

Visit the Library in Ryton-on-Dunsmore

Open Monday - Thursday 08:30-17:00 and Friday 08:30-16:00.

The library is only open to members of the College of Policing who are current serving police, police staff and College of Policing staff. Members of the public should contact the British Library.

We are located on the ground floor of the Edgbaston building. If you are visiting Ryton specifically to use the library, please contact us to provide at least 24 hours notice before your visit so we can inform the gatehouse. You will need to bring your warrant card or photo ID.

Contact us

National Police Library
College of Policing
Leamington Road


Tel: 02476 931060
For general questions about the College of Policing - see the Contact us page.

You can also contact us on Twitter @policelibrary

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