Welcome to the Radzinowicz Library, Institute of Criminology
The library is available to:
• Students and staff of the Institute of Criminology
• Visitors to the Institute
• Other members of the University
• Others who may be admitted on application to the Librarian
As a current student or staff member of Cambridge University, you will need to show your university card for admission on each visit to the library. We do not accept any other form of identification.
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). The library houses the most comprehensive criminology collection in the United Kingdom and is internationally recognised as a world-class criminal justice resource.
The Library houses around 70,000 books, 20,000 pamphlets, 500 periodical titles and a comprehensive selection of UK government publications.
Librarian: Stuart Stone
You can phone us on 01223 335386 or email us.
Our postal address is:
Institute of Criminology,
Cambridge CB3 9DA
Monday to Thursday: 9.00am to 7.00pm
Friday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am to 4.00pm
During vacation (current hours):
Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Students and staff of other academic institutions may visit the library by arrangement. Please contact us at least 48 hours ahead of your planned visit. You will need to bring your student/staff identity card with you. Students must also bring a letter of introduction from their academic supervisor.
Practitioners in the criminal justice system are also welcome to contact us regarding access to the library.
Please note, we do not admit drop-in visitors.
MPhil and Ph.D. students of the Institute of Criminology may borrow twenty items until the last day of term or, if the item is issued during vacation, the first day of the following term.
MSt. students of the Institute may borrow up to twenty items for eight weeks. For MSt. students, term and vacation dates do not affect borrowing.
Institute staff may borrow forty items until the end of the current academic year.
Reading Lists and the Reserve Collection
MPhil Seminar Reading is kept behind the issue desk. Books in this collection can be borrowed for three hours at a time and overnight after 4.00 pm (3.00pm on Fridays).
Reserve stock issued overnight must be returned by 10.30am the following working day. The fine for each overdue item from the reserve collection is 40p per hour. The catalogue entry for a book will tell you if it’s part of the reserve collection.
Borrowing is available to current students and staff members of the University of Cambridge.
Members of Cambridge University staff, Visiting Fellows and Scholars, and postgraduate students of other departments in the University may borrow up to ten items for four weeks.
Undergraduate students of the University may borrow up to ten items for one week during term and until the first day of the following term during vacations.
The fine for each overdue book from the open access collections is 40p per day. The fine for each overdue book from the reserve collection is 40p per hour. You won’t be able to renew your books if:
If you can't renew your books online, please email the library on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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