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 closed the current site, at Sunningdale Berkshire on 14 October and the new library will open its doors in January 2017 (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 join the team in 2017, 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.

How will the move affect you?

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

Library services at a glance (during closure)

​September 2016​October 2016​November 2016​December 2016January 2017February2017​
Uninterrupted service
Reference enquiries
Limited service only

(full service)
Printed resources
No service during closure

(normal service)
(closes 14 October)
x xx
Book loans
Extended loan period

(start 9 September)

(last book requests 14 October )

x xx
Visiting the library
No service during closure

(normal service)
(closes 14 October)
x x x


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
December 2016​The library will not be staffed throughout December
6 January 2017​End of the extended book loan period
31 January 2017The new library will open in Ryton-on-Dunsmore and all services will resume

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

As announced in September 2015, the library is closed during its relocation to Ryton-on-Dunsmore. The new library will open on 31 January 2017.

Contact us

National Police Library
College of Policing
Leamington Road

Telephone:  01256 602650

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