National Police Library moves after 50 years

A new home has been found for one of the largest police libraries in the world

credit to:@ancestreemakers​The National Police Library, one of the largest in the world, is moving home after being in the same building for more than 50 years.

With more than 60,000 items in its catalogue, the library is relocating from Bramshill in Hampshire to Sunningdale Park in Berkshire.

The Police College, where the library began, was first set up in 1948 at Ryton-on-Dunsmore near Coventry. It was housed in buildings which had been used to provide hostel accommodation for factory workers during the Second World War. Then in 1953 the move was made to Bramshill mansion.

Officers and police staff continue to borrow from the array of books, journals and magazines, as well as access its eResources and government papers which are no longer easy to obtain. The Library also provides full enquiry and document delivery services to support research and professional development.

Patricia Hughes, Librarian, said: "The initial idea of the Police College was to give senior ranks a university style education, as well as development in police leadership. Old film from the time shows course tutors in gowns! The library collection provided for that remit and has grown and changed over the decades as national police training and Bramshill has changed and developed. We are excited to now be part of the new professional body for policing and provide resources in support of evidence-based practice and research of what works.”

At its new location the site will also feature a dedicated area to train personnel on how to get the best out of the eResources.

There will be an open day at the library in Sunningdale Park on March 31.

*Photo credit to: @ancestreemakers

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