National Police Library

​​​The National Police Library will open in Ryton on 22 February

​The National Police Library has relocated to the College of Policing's Ryton-on-Dunsmore site. There is currently no access to the hardcopy resources - the new library will open on 22 February 2017.

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.

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

Increased research support – two Research Librarians have joined the team, working 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.

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

The National Police Library has now relocated to Ryton-on-Dunsmore.

As Ryton is secure site, the library is only open to current serving police, police staff, approved researchers and College staff.

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

Temporary telephone number: 07766 362009

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