Library resources

Our resources cover the history of UK policing and crime, current practices and topical issues, as well as future developments.

​    Journals & eResources


Police Library Search provides direct access to over 10,000 journals including Police Journal, British Journal of Criminology and Policing: an International Journal.

To find a specific journal you can search Journal Finder. A selected A-Z list of journals can be downloaded from the top-right of this page. Thousands of free eResources can be accessed via the catalogue.

    Books & eBooks

Checking out Books

The Library has 35,000 books, reports, theses and guidance documents on all aspects of policing, crime and criminal justice, as well as resources on management, law and social science.

New books and eBooks are added regularly to our collection. College publications can be found on the right.


    Historical Resources​ 

Historic Police Journals

The National Police Library's historical resources date back to the 19th century and many are exclusive to the Library. Unless made available as pdfs through our catalogue, these cannot be accessed by the public.

Information on how to access some popular items is below.

Police Review (1893 - 2011)               Library members can request copies via the Catalogue

Home Office Circulars (1968 - )         Fully online from 2003. Selectively online from 1985.

Police Gazette (1797 - 2008)

To access the Police Gazette archive members should contact the library. Please note the College does not hold the copyright for the Police Gazette. All queries regarding copyright and reuse of Police Gazette content should be directed at the copyright holder.



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