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The JV Barry Library was established in 1974 and is a major criminal justice information resource that supports the information needs of the Institute's research programs and provides services to key stakeholders and other clients. 

The Library is located at 4 National Circuit, Barton, ACT. Visitors are welcome (by appointment only). Please contact front.desk [at] aic.gov.au


The Library hosts one of the most comprehensive library-based collections in the field of criminology and criminal justice in Australia. Our complete holdings can be viewed from the Library catalogue.


The CINCH database, an index of Australian criminal justice information, was established in 1977 and continues to be produced by the librarians at the Australian Institute of Criminology. Material covering all aspects of crime and justice from selected Australian sources such as books, journals, and reports is indexed, abstracted and made available through the Library catalogue as part of our larger collection.

CINCH is also available via subscription from RMIT Publishing.

Crime and justice alerts

You can subscribe to be alerted each month to new material that has been added to the library catalogue. Material is grouped under 15 popular headings for easy access, view these headings and our newest material from our Alerts page.

For more information, visit our catalogue.

Police Information

The Police Informer (PI) database, a new initiative of the Library with support from the Australasian Libraries in Emergency and Security (ALIES), is an open access, full text database of grey literature on and for law enforcement.

Networks and alliances

The Library is a member of Australian and international library networks which facilitate the exchange of material. These include:

  • The ALIES network, a cooperative information network which aims to serve the common interests of emergency management agencies throughout Australia and New Zealand by exchanging knowledge, skills and resources, maintaining a distributed Australasian emergency management collection and providing expert information services.
  • World Criminal Justice Library Electronic Network which shares services and criminal justice material on a global scale.
Last updated
24 May 2019