National Police Library

​​​The National Police Library is moving… and improving.

​The National Police Library is relocating to the College of Policing's Ryton-on-Dunsmore site. We will close the current site, at Sunningdale Berkshire, on 14 October and the new library will open its doors in November 2016 (exact date to be confirmed).

From the new location the library will offer many new and improved services, in addition to those already available to members which will be introduced during the first months after reopening.

More information about the move

Out of hours access – A new swipe-card entry system will allow College staff and students attending courses at Ryton to gain access to the library even when it is unstaffed, making it more convenient than ever.

New training area – a new training area located within the Library can be booked by those wishing to host sessions.

eResource training – regular Library training on eResources will take place in the training area within the new premises.

Increased research support – two Research Librarians will be available in the new year (2017) who will work on developing specialist search strategies for internal and external research projects, enabling the College to build the evidence base in policing. As well as the new Ryton site, a Research Librarian will also be available at our London premises.

How will the move affect you?

Some library services will be affected during the relocation – please refer to the table below.

However, we will shortly launch a resource discovery service for use while the Library is closed. This will enable users to find information quickly online. We will contact Library members with further information once this service becomes available.

Library services at a glance (during closure)

​September 2016​October 2016​November 2016​December 2016January 2017
Uninterrupted service
Reference enquiries
Limited service only

(full service)

(full service resumes)

(full service)
Printed resources
No service during closure

(normal service)
(closes 14 October)
(normal service resumes)

(normal service)
Book loans
Extended loan period

(start 9 September)

(last book requests 14 October )

x x
(return extendedloan books. Normal service resumes)
Visiting the library
No service during closure

(normal service)
(closes 14 October)
(normal service resumes)

(normal service)


Key dates:

9 September 2016​Extended book loans start. We will supply labels with our new address for the return of the books and we ask that you do not return the books to our new Ryton address before January 2017
14 October 2016​ Book loans suspended until the library reopens. We can increase your current allowance of books during this period
14 October 2016​Access to printed resources – books, journals and pamphlets – will be suspended. We will be unable to supply journal article copies by email until the library re-opens
November 2016​The new library will open in Ryton-on-Dunsmore (date to be confirmed)
January 2017​End of the extended book loan period

Current services

If you are a current, serving UK police officer or police staff, you can register for free membership to borrow material, access our online services or visit in-per​son.

​​Library services

  • Online Library catalogue - a comprehensive index to the collection and a database of policing and related subjects.
  • eResources and electronic full text. Registered users will be provided with an Athens account.
  • Book loans - search the catalogue to make requests. Books are loaned in-person and by post (up to 10 items at any one time). See the Using the Library page for details on loans, renewals and reservations.
  • eBooks - registered users can access via their Athens account.
  • Periodicals - search the catalogue to see whether we hold the title you require.
  • Information, enquiry and document delivery service - this includes searching the library catalogue and other databases. Books can then be requested for loan, or articles can be emailed to you. If you submit a request where you are able to easily obtain the information yourself, we may send you details on how to self-serve to develop your skills. Please contact us as early as possible, as enquiries may take up to 5 working days.
  • Training sessions to develop your search skills.

Contacting the Library

Visit the Library

Please contact us before your visit, so that security staff can be informed. You do not have to visit us in-person to use our services, we also provide extensive eResources, postal loans, document delivery and an enquiries service.


The Library is staffed during these times:

​Monday - Thursday​8:30 - 17:00
​Friday​8:30 - 16:00​​​​

Students, staff and visiting police personnel can use the Library in the evenings by prior arrangement.


  • Quiet study area with 3 PCs with internet access and Microsoft Office ​​software. You are welcome to use your own USB memory stick.​​​
  • Soft seating where you can study or read our periodicals. 
  • WiFi access an​​d laptop charging points.
  • A photocopier which is free of charge to staff, course members and visiting police personnel.  Other day visitors are charged for copying.​​

Contact us

Currently the address of the library is;
National Police Library,
College of Policing,
Sunningdale Park,
Larch Avenue,
SL5 0QE.

Our telephone number and email address will remain the same folloing the move of the library. The library's address changes in November to;

National Police Library,
College of Policing,
Leamington Road,
Coventry CV8 3EN.

Telephone:  01256 602650  

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