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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.

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

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:
During term:
Monday to Thursday: 9.00am to 7.00pm
Friday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday: 10.00am to 4.00pm
During vacation:
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 20 items for eight weeks. MSt. students of the Institute may borrow up to 25 items for eight weeks. 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 (2.00pm 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 £1.00 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 may borrow forty items until the end of the current academic year. Visiting Fellows and Scholars, and postgraduate students of other departments in the University may borrow up to twenty items for eight 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.

Renew your books online via your iDiscover account. Please note, books borrowed from the Reserve collection can only be renewed at the library desk.

The fine for each overdue book from the open access collections is 25p per day. The fine for each overdue recalled book is 50p per day. The fine for each overdue book from the reserve collection is £1.00p per hour.

If you can't renew your books online, please email the library on

Pay your fine online.

Top up your Copy and Print credit online.