The Library Collections
The library houses around 60,000
books, and the stock grows by about 1,200 books every year.
We cover a wide range of disciplines, including forensic
psychology and psychiatry; sociology; social policy and
welfare; criminology; penology; policing; human rights,
and research methodology. Most of our stock is published
in English but we're happy to consider purchasing material
in other languages on request. We also try to acquire as
much relevant ‘grey’ material as we can locate
and we welcome recommendations about such material.
You can download a list of classmarks and their associated
subject headings in PDF format, arranged alphabetically
(231kb) or subject
UK Government Publications
The library has a strong collection
of UK government publications, including criminal and prison
statistics; Home Office research; prison, CPS and constabulary
inspections; Annual Abstracts of Statistics, and criminal
justice Acts and Bills.
Material published by other governments — and by the
UN and the Council of Europe — are shelved as part
of the main book collection.
Full collections of UK government material can also be found
in the Official Publications Department of the UL.
Our stock of periodicals covers over
500 titles; over 200 of these are active subscriptions.
The periodicals are shelved alphabetically by title on the
first floor. They aren’t available to borrow but you’re
welcome to photocopy, subject to the requirements of the
Much of our older and non-English language stock is in storage;
if you’re interested in this material, ask a member
of staff for the volumes that you’d like to see.
During August, we send some periodicals away for binding.
For around 100 titles, the latest full volume (normally all
issues from the last complete calendar year) will be unavailable
during that time. Some of these materials are available through
other sources, such as online subscriptions, other libraries,
or interlibrary loans. You can download a list of our periodical
holdings in PDF format here
Pamphlets and Annual Reports
The pamphlet collection includes
off-prints, individually published tracts, brief distillations
of research findings, and other small publications. We hold
around 20,000 pamphlets and add about 100 each year.
We also have a collection of annual reports from criminal
justice and human rights organisations. These are stored
outside the library and are available by request. UK government
agency annual reports and inspection reports are shelved
on the first floor of the library.