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Institute of Criminology

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The library houses around 70,000 books, covering a wide range of disciplines, including criminology; forensic psychology and psychiatry; sociology; social policy and welfare; penology; policing; human rights, and research methodology. We also have an extensive collection of UK government publications on criminological matters, including statistics, reports, and annual reports of a range of relevant government agencies. These are shelved as a separate collection on the first floor. Material published by other governments — and by the UN and the Council of Europe — are shelved as part of the main book collection.

Our stock of print periodicals covers over 500 titles and is 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 Copyright Act. Many more periodical titles are available online via the iDiscover catalogue.
Much of our older and non-English-language journal 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.

In addition, we hold other collections including old and rare materials, pamphlets, and archives of the work of individuals and organisations. Please ask a member of staff for help accessing these.

The library's Collection Development Policy is available here. We welcome recommendations for new stock from all our readers. Please get in touch if you would like to suggest a title to add to our collections.

Contact Us

Radzinowicz Library, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA, United Kingdom

Tel: + 44(0)1223 335386

Library Staff

Librarian: Stuart Stone
Deputy Librarian: Samantha Hughes


Opening Hours

From 4th December, during the vacation period, the library will be open 09.00 to 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00, Monday to Friday.

The library will be closed during the Institute Christmas closure, Friday 22nd December to Monday 1st January.

Term time hours will resume on 15th January, from which date the library will be open 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday.