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Criminology: Welcome to the Radzinowicz Library

Welcome to the Radzinowicz Library, Institute of Criminology

Ten Commandments
By an inmate of HMP and YOI Guys Marsh. Highly Commended in the 2006 Koestler Awards.

Complication of Man (detail)
Made by a prisoner in HMP Full Sutton. Won a silver award for portraits at the 2014 Koestler Awards.

Constant Watch
By a prisoner in HMP Foston Hall. Highly commended at the 2005 Koestler Awards.

By Thomas in HMP and YOI Parc. Gold winner at the 2013 Koestler Awards and displayed in the Koestler Exhibition in London in the same year.

Gunshot (detail)
Drawn by a prisoner in HMP Edinburgh. Won the Amnesty International Award at the 2006 Koestler Awards.

Up To My Knees in Tears ... and Rising
Painted by a prisoner in HMP Cookham Wood. 2014 Gold award winner at the Koester Awards.

Geography Mythology

Geography Mythology (detail)
By a prisoner in HMP Gartree. Won first prize in the Premier Custodial group at the 2004 Koestler Awards.

Paranoid Coat with Shark
Sculpted by Sean, a prisoner in HMP Dovegate. Won the Sarah Lucas Platinum Award for Ceramics in the Koestler Exhibition 2015.

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.

Borrowing is only available to current members of the University of Cambridge. MPhil and Ph.D. students, and Visiting Fellows and Scholars, may borrow 20 items for four weeks. MSt. students may borrow up to 25 items for eight weeks. Undergraduate students may borrow ten books for one week. University staff may borrow forty items for four weeks. Loans automatically renew unless the item is recalled, or your account expiry date is reached.

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, 6,000 pamphlets, 500 periodical titles and a comprehensive selection of UK government publications.

Librarian: Stuart Stone

Contact us
You can phone us on 01223 335386 or email us.
Our postal address is:
Radzinowicz Library,
Institute of Criminology,
Sidgwick Avenue,
Cambridge CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

Opening hours:
Please refer to the library's website for current opening hours.


Students and staff of other academic institutions may visit by arrangement. We are not always open to visitors, so please contact us at least 48 hours ahead of your planned visit to check that we can accommodate you. You will need to bring your student/staff identity card with you. Students must also provide a letter of introduction from their academic supervisor before the visit.

Practitioners in the criminal justice system are also welcome to contact us regarding access to the library. Again please enquire at least 48 hours in advance to check availability.

Please note, we do not admit drop-in visitors.


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