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Institute of Criminology

The sitting room area of the library, with comfortable seating and artworks.

The Radzinowicz Library houses the most comprehensive criminology collection in the United Kingdom and is internationally recognised as a world-class criminal justice resource. The library was founded in 1960 and named after Sir Leon Radzinowicz, the first Director of the Institute (1959–72) and Wolfson Professor of Criminology (1959–73).


Admission to the library is by University of Cambridge card only. You must show your university card on each visit to gain entry. Please note, we do not accept any other form of identification. The library is currently available to:

• students and staff of the Institute of Criminology
• visitors to the Institute
• other members of the University

Unfortunately, at the moment we're not able to admit external visitors.

Studying in the library: Current members of the university are welcome to study in the library during opening hours.