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National Police Library terms and conditions

Terms and conditions for the National Police Library.


The standard loan period for books is six weeks. You may borrow up to 10 books at any one time. 

If a book is in demand or a special loan it may be issued for a shorter period. For remote users, we will post books to your home or work address.


Books can be renewed by phone or email up to a maximum of five times, provided there is no waiting list for the item. 

We reserve the right to recall loaned items ahead of the due date.


Books can be returned in person or by post. 

If you wish to return books in person, remember to let us know you will be visiting, and bring photo ID with you. 

Books returned by post should be sent in a padded envelope, using a delivery service which is trackable and insured.

You are personally responsible for all material issued to you until it is received safely back in the library. 

We do not recommend using internal mail systems as items have been lost or damaged in transit in the past.


Books out on loan to others can be reserved by email or phone.

Overdues and fines

We do not charge overdue fines but all items must be returned to the library within the stipulated loan period, or renewed in good time.

Items not returned will incur a replacement cost.

Unreturned or damaged items

All items remain the property of the National Police Library. 

You must take care of library materials and not deface them in any way; this includes highlighting, writing in them, damaging their binding or removing any part of them.

If you lose a book or it becomes damaged we will invoice you for a minimum standard replacement fee of £50 per item and your borrowing rights will be suspended until the matter is resolved. 

We are unable to reimburse invoices in cases where the book is subsequently found as replacement costs will have already been incurred.

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