National Police Library

​​​The National Police Library has relocated to Ryton-on-Dunsmore

If you are a serving UK police officer or police staff - you can register to become a member of the College of Policing, to access the National Police Library free of charge. Joining the College enables you to borrow library resources, access online databases and visit in-per​son.

​​Library services

You will need to register to become a member of the College of Policing to access the National Police Library. College members can login to the membership site to complete the library registration form.

  • Online Library catalogue - search our database of policing and related subjects. Search for books, journals, periodicals and grey literature. Library members should login before requesting items.
  • eResources, eBooks and electronic full text. As a library member, you will receive an OpenAthens account; enabling you to access hundreds of databases and journals we subscribe to. Library members can login to OpenAthens here and access Police Library Search, to quickly find relevant journal articles, books and grey literature. 
  • Book loans - search the catalogue and login 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.
  • Document delivery and enquiries service - if your query relates to our resources, the library team can direct you to the information you require. If you need to access hardcopy resources, articles can be emailed to you. If you submit a request where you are able to obtain the information yourself using your OpenAthens account, we will provide you with details on how to self-serve to develop your skills. Please contact us as early as possible, as enquiries may take up to 5-7 working days.
  • Training sessions can be arranged to develop your search skills. We can provide group training for your force, or one-to-one training in the library at Ryton-on-Dunmore or in London. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.


Additional services

Increased research support – Research Librarians are available in our London office and in the library, to support your research projects. They work on developing specialist, systematic search strategies for internal and external research projects, supporting our objective to build the evidence base in policing.

eResource training – we can provide library inductions with one-to-one training on searching our eResources. Please contact us to book a session. We offer training in Ryton-on-Dunsmore and London, and we can visit your force if your colleagues also requrie training.

Access to the Police Gazette archive - if you need to refer to the Police Gazette, we hold every issue dating from the late 1700s-2002. As this publication is considered to contain restricted information, only serving UK police can request access. UK police can also access an online archive of issues dating from 2002–present on POLKA (Police OnLine Knowledge Area).

Out of hours access – College members and staff can contact us in advance to gain access to the library even when it is unstaffed.

Receive library updates - you can follow the National Police Library on Twitter @policelibrary - we regularly tweet about our new resources.


Contacting the Library

Visit the Library in Ryton-on-Dunsmore


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

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


Tel: 01256 602650 


For general questions about the College - see the Contact us page.

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