National Police Library

The Library is a unique national collection - connecting UK police officers and staff to knowledge and evidence.

​​​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. 

Visit the Library

The Library is based at the College of Policing site at Sunningdale Park, Berkshire. 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

National Police Library, College of Policing, Sunningdale Park, Larch Avenue, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 0QE.
Telephone:  01256 602650  

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