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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 to let us know your requirements.


The CINCH database, an open access index of Australian criminal justice information, was established in 1977 and contains material dating back from 1968 to the present time. Source documents indexed in the database include journal articles, books and chapters, conference papers and proceedings, research reports, theses, government documents, statistical publications and unpublished materials. Subjects covered include all aspects of criminology, corrections, crime prevention, juvenile justice, Indigenous justice, financial crime, criminal justice law, law enforcement and policing. Records include abstracts, subject terms, bibliographic details and, wherever possible, links to the full text. Updated each month by AIC librarians the database is a comprehensive and unique collection of Australian crime and justice material.

Search CINCH our index of Australian criminal justice information. CINCH is also available via subscription from RMIT Publishing.

Crime and justice alerts

Our monthly alert service links to new material recently added to the library catalogue. Material is grouped under 15 popular headings for easy access, visit our Alerts page to view latest articles or subscribe to be alerted to new material each month.

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
21 November 2019