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Criminal Justice Special Libraries and Museums
I have been intrigued by why and how people commit crimes since I was young. This interest led to me devouring true crime stories as a child and true crime TV shows as an adult. I also got a master's degree in forensic psychology, and I have interned in several jails. Below are some criminal justice libraries and museums that I found.
from the Directory of Special Libraries and Information Centers, 40th ed., 2012
American Correctional Association - Anthony P. Travisono Library
4380 Forbes Blvd.
Lanham, MD 20706-4322 USA
Founded: 1973. Staff: 1. Subjects: Corrections, correctional institutions, offenders, criminal justice. Special Collections: Yes. Publications: Yes.
American Jail Association Library
1135 Professional Ct.
Hagerstown, MD 21740-5853 USA
Founded: 1981. Staff: 13. Subjects: Jails, corrections, criminal justice.
Australia Ministry of Justice - Library Services
141 Saint Georges Terrace, 10th Fl.
Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
Phone: 61 8 92646105
Staff: Prof 1; Other 1. Subjects: Criminal justice, corrections, law, penology, social work. Electronic Resources: Yes.
Basque Institute of Criminology Library
Centro Carlos Santamaria Zentroa
Elhuyar plaza, 2
E-20013 San Sebastian, Spain
Phone: 34 943017484
Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence Library
1225 Eye St. NW, Ste. 1100
Washington, DC 20005 USA
Founded: 1983. Staff: Prof 1. Subjects: Handgun violence, firearms litigation, accidental shootings, Second Amendment, gun control, children and guns, violence prevention. Electronic Resources: Yes. Publications: Yes.
British Columbia Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission - Forensic Psychiatric Services Resource Center
70 Colony Farm Rd.
Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada V3C 5X9
Founded: 1986. Staff: 1. Subjects: Forensic psychiatry, psychiatry, psychology, nursing, social sciences, criminology, forensic social work. Electronic Resources: Yes.
Canadian Police College Library
PO Box 8900
1 Sandridge Rd.
Ottawa, ON, Canada K1G 3J2
Founded: 1936. Staff: Prof 4; Other 6. Subjects: Police science, criminal justice, management, criminology, sociology. Electronic Resources: Yes. Networks/Consortia: Member of Federal Libraries Coordination Secretariat (FCLS). Publications: Yes. Also Known As: CPC Library; Bibliotheque du CCP; Bibliotheque du College Canadien de Police; Royal Canadian Mounted Police Library; Bibliotheque de la Gendarmerie Royale du Canada.
European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control Affiliated with the United Nations Library
PO Box 444
FIN-00531 Helsinki, Finland
Phone: 358 10 3665280
Founded: 1990. Staff: 7. Subjects: Crime, criminal justice. Also Known As: Institut d'Europe pour la Prevention du Crime et la Lutte Contre la Delinquance Affile a l'Organization des Nations Unies.
Federal Judicial Center - Information Services Office
1 Columbus Cir., NE
Washington, DC 20002-8003 USA
Founded: 1968. Staff: Prof 2; Other 3. Subjects: Judicial administration, court management, civil and criminal procedure. Electronic Resources: Yes. Networks/Consortia: Member of Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK). Publications: Yes.
Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre Library
PO Box 174
Fredericton, NB, Canada E3B 4Y9
Founded: 1983. Subjects: Sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, violence against women, sexual harassment, women's issues.
Germany Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigation Library
Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigation
65173 Wiesbaden, Germany
Phone: 49 611 5512397.Fax: 49 611 5512379.
Founded: 1952. Staff: Prof 8. Subjects: Criminology, penal law, police law, natural sciences, administration, technology. Electronic Resources: Yes. Publications: Yes. Also Known As: Bundeskriminalamt - Bibliothek.
Howard League for Penal Reform Library
1 Ardleigh Rd.
London N1 4HS, United Kingdom
Phone: 44 207 2497373
Staff: 10. Subjects: Penology, criminology. Publications: Yes.
Hungary National Institute of Criminology and Criminalistics Library
Maros u 6/a
H-1122 Budapest, Hungary
Phone: 36 1 3567282
Founded: 1960. Staff: Prof 1. Subjects: Criminology, criminalistics, crime prevention, criminal psychology. Also Known As: Orszagos Kriminologiai es Kriminalisztikai Intezet.
Indiana Law Enforcement Academy - David F. Allen Memorial Learning Resources Center
Plainfield, IN 46168-0313 USA
Founded: 1975. Staff: Prof 1; Other 1. Subjects: Police science, law enforcement, criminology, weapons, drugs. Special Collections: Yes. Electronic Resources: Yes. Publications: Yes.
Institute of Forensic Research Library
ul Westerplatte 9
PL-31-033 Krakow, Poland
Phone: 48 12 4228755
Founded: 1929. Staff: Prof 2. Subjects: Toxicology, forensic chemistry, criminalistics, forensic psychology, forensic haemogemetics, road accident analysis. Special Collections: Yes. Electronic Resources: Yes. Also Known As: Instytut Ekspertyz Sadowych - Biblioteka.
International Criminal Police Organization Library
200, quai Charles de Gaulle
F-69006 Lyon, France
Subjects: Police science, criminal law, forensic sciences.
Ireland Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform Library
94 St. Stephen's Green
Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland
Phone: 353 1 6028359
Founded: 1998. Staff: 5. Subjects: Law - English, Irish; All-England Law Reports; Irish Law Reports; Halsbury's Law of England; Archbold Criminal Pleadings; Acts of the Oireachtas; British Acts; Dail and Seanad Debates; Statutory Instruments English, Irish.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice of CUNY - Lloyd George Sealy Library
899 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10019 USA
Founded: 1965. Staff: Prof 12; Other 10. Subjects: Criminal justice, government, fire science, forensic science, forensic psychology, public administration, police science. Special Collections: Yes. Electronic Resources: Yes. Networks/Consortia: Member of Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). Publications: Yes.
Legal Aid Society - Central Library and Information Center
199 Water St.
New York, NY 10038 USA
Founded: 1876. Staff: Prof 3; Other 7. Subjects: Law - criminal, civil, juvenile rights; social services. Electronic Resources: Yes.
Moscow Institute for Legality, Law & Order Problems Library
2-ya Zvenigorodskaya, 15
Phone: 7 95 2531341.Fax: 7 95 2565443.
Founded: 1963. Subjects: Law, crime, psychology.
National Association of Investigative Specialists Library
PO Box 82148
Austin, TX 78708 USA
Founded: 1984. Staff: 6. Subjects: Private investigation, social science, criminal law. Electronic Resources: Yes. Publications: Yes.
National Center for Computer Crime Data
Santa Cruz, CA 95062 USA
Founded: 1978. Staff: 4. Subjects: Computer crime, security, ethics. Special Collections: Yes.
National Center for Victims of Crime Library
2000 M St. NW, Ste. 480
Washington, DC 20036 USA
Founded: 1986. Staff: Prof 2. Subjects: Victims of violent crimes, legislation, national and local victim organizations, criminal justice, nonprofit Organization management. Electronic Resources: Yes. Publications: Yes.
National Crime Prevention Council Resource Center
2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Ste. 901
Arlington, VA 22202-4801 USA
Subjects: Crime prevention, juvenile delinquency, child abuse, youth, sexual abuse, sexual assault, gun control, domestic violence. Publications: Yes.
National Sheriffs’ Association - Education and Resource Center
1450 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-3490 USA
Founded: 1940. Subjects: Law enforcement, corrections, criminal justice. Special Collections: Yes.
New York City Criminal Court Library
120 Schermerhorn St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Staff: Prof 1; Other 2. Subjects: Criminal law, family law, landlord tenant. Special Collections: Yes. Electronic Resources: Yes.
New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner - Milton Helpern Library of Legal Medicine
455 1st Ave., Rm. 1200
New York, NY 10016 USA
Founded: 1962. Subjects: Legal medicine, forensic pathology, forensic toxicology, forensic serology, criminology, forensic immunology. Special Collections: Yes.
New York City Police Deparment - Training Resource Center Library
235 E. 20th St., Rm. 639
New York, NY 10003 USA
Founded: 1964. Subjects: Criminal justice, police science, law, social science, forensic science. Publications: Yes.
Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole Library
1101 S. Front St., Ste. 5600
Harrisburg, PA 17104-2522 USA
Founded: 1975. Staff: 1. Subjects: Criminal justice, psychology, sociology. Electronic Resources: Yes.
Prison Fellowship Information Center
44180 Riverside Pkwy.
Lansdowne, VA 20176 USA
703-478-0100 / 877-478-0100
Staff: Prof 1; Other 2. Subjects: Criminal justice and criminal justice reform, corrections, Christian theology and life. Electronic Resources: Yes.
Queensland Police Museum Library
GPO Box 1440
Brisbane, Queensland 4001, Australia
Phone: 61 7 33646432
Founded: 1893. Staff: 5. Subjects: Queensland police history, policing, police administration, police education and training, public policy, criminology, law, social sciences. Publications: Yes.
Sri Lanka - Department of Prisons - Centre for Research and Training in Corrections Library
150 Baseline Rd.
Colombo 09, Sri Lanka
Phone: 94 11 4677177
Founded: 1978. Subjects: Criminology, sociology, psychology, management. Special Collections: Yes.
U.S. Dept. of Justice - Federal Bureau of Prisons Library
320 1st St., NW
Bldg. 400, 3rd Fl.
Washington, DC 20534 USA
Founded: 1960. Staff: Prof 1; Other 2. Subjects: Corrections, criminal psychology, criminology, penology. Electronic Resources: Yes. Networks/Consortia: Member of Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK). Publications: Yes.
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI Library
MCB No. 4
Quantico, VA 22135 USA
Founded: 1972. Staff: Prof 4; Other 9. Subjects: Law enforcement, police, criminal justice. Electronic Resources: Yes. Networks/Consortia: Member of Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK). Publications: Yes.
University of Applied Police Sciences Library
D-78054 Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
Phone: 49 7720 309295
Founded: 1979. Staff: 3. Subjects: Rights, criminals, police tactics, psychology, politics, management. Special Collections: Yes. Electronic Resources: Yes.
Vera Institute of Justice - Louise Schweitzer Library
233 Broadway, 12th Fl.
New York, NY 10279 USA
Staff: 1.5. Subjects: Criminal justice and public policy. Special Collections: Yes. Electronic Resources: Yes. Networks/Consortia: Member of Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO).
Virginia Department of Corrections - Academy for Staff Development Library
PO Box 26963
Richmond, VA 23261-6963 USA
Founded: 1976. Staff: Prof 1; Other 1. Subjects: Corrections, criminal justice, management, psychology, treatment and therapy, training and development. Electronic Resources: Yes. Publications: Yes.