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Library services

The JV Barry Library is a major criminal justice information service supporting the information needs of the Institute's research programs, and providing some services to key stakeholders and other clients. The Library produces CINCH, a database of Australian criminal justice information.

The Library's online catalogue is available on the Institute's website. Many recent items are available in full text online; these are indicated by the URL in the main record.


The Library has a collection of English-language material with a strong Australian representation, and an emphasis on recent literature. Subjects covered by the collection include criminology, the social sciences, policing, corrections, and criminal justice.

Public enquiries

The library may be able to assist and guide you with advice on sources of information for enquiries. Contact the library for help. Please note that the library is not able to provide in-depth reference services.

Due to copyright and licensing restrictions, the library is unable to provide full text material where open access is not available. You may arrange interlibrary loan through your own library. This service may incur a cost.

The AIC is not able to provide legal advice or investigate individual matters. Please consult a legal or law enforcement professional for assistance.

Loans and access

For people outside the Institute, interlibrary loans should be arranged through local or agency libraries.

The JV Barry Library contributes records to Libraries Australia and libraries can arrange interlibrary loans through this network. The standard code of practice for interlibrary loan services applies.

Access to the Institute's building is restricted. Requests to visit the library should be directed to the Library Manager. Library visitors are advised to use the library catalogue before visiting the library.

Interlibrary loan charging schedule

ALIA Service-level standards and reciprocal network arrangements are applicable.