One of the largest police libraries in the world re-opens

Officers and staff can now get access to thousands of books and materials to help them

​Officers and staff can now access more than 60,000 items at the National Police Library after it re-opened following a move from Berkshire.

The library, which is one of one of the largest police libraries in the world, is returning to its former home at our head office in Ryton, near Coventry, after it was first set up on the site in 1948. It was housed in buildings which had been used to provide hostel accommodation for factory workers during the Second World War.

The more central location means it is now easier for police from across the country to visit the facility.

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.

Staff and students attending College courses can access the library out-of-hours by arrangement with library staff and training sessions on using the library's electronic resources will take place regularly in the library.

Following the move, there is now improved support for those interested in research with a dedicated Research Liberian on hand to offer support.

After visiting the library, Metropolitan Police Detective Sarah Richardson said: "I visited the library recently and found the staff to be most helpful and knowledgeable. It is a surprisingly comprehensive resource."

Another visitor, Inspector Darren Oakey from Staffordshire Police, also took the time to praise the "excellent staff."

Opening times:
Mon-Thur, 8.30am – 5pm
Fri, 8.30am – 4pm

Edgbaston Building
Leamington Road

01256 602650
Library website

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

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