Library Services

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@aic.gov.au to let us know your requirements.

CINCH

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conference papers and proceedings, research reports, theses, government documents, statistical publications and unpublished materials.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. There is an archive of previous Alerts for your information.

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.

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

The full Library's catalogue is available online. Many recent items are available in full text online and these are indicated by the URL in the main record (labelled Electronic resource). Due to copyright and licensing restrictions, the Library is unable to provide full text material where open access is not available (labelled Electronic document). You may need to arrange an interlibrary loan through your own library to access some material.

JV Barry Collection

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

Library

 Public enquiries

 AIC librarians may be able to assist and advise you on accessing AIC   research and on sources of information for criminology related  enquiries. The AIC is not able to provide legal advice or investigate   individual matters, please consult a legal or law enforcement   professional for such assistance.

 Loans and access

 Access to AIC premises is restricted and requests to visit the library   should be directed to the Library Manager. Library visitors are advised to search the library catalogue before visiting the library to ensure we hold the material you require.

 

Interlibrary loan charging schedule

The Library contributes records to Libraries Australia and others libraries may arrange interlibrary loans through this network. The standard code of practice for interlibrary loan services applies.
ALIA Service-level standards and reciprocal network arrangements are applicable.