The Federal Bureau of Prisons Library offers a wide variety of traditional and automated information services. There is a wealth of resources covering the field of corrections and related fields of study including, criminology, sociology, psychology, and business.

Book and Periodical Collections
The BOP Library has nearly 5,000 books, Government documents, statistical and organizational publications covering all areas of corrections and other criminal justice topics. You may quickly search for books by author, title, or subject on the Library's automated public access catalog, Library * Solutions.

More than 70 periodicals, including journals, magazines, newsletters, and major newspapers, are found in the collection. The periodicals are primarily criminal justice and sociological. A complete listing of all the periodical titles is provided on this web page.

The Library's CD-ROM data bases include the National Criminal Justice Reference Service database with more than 100,000 abstracts of books and articles about criminal justice topics; the Criminal Justice Abstracts with more than 55,000 abstracts from both domestic and foreign periodicals about criminal justice topics, and the PsychLit Database from the American Psychological Association. Both full-text articles and abstracts of articles can be retrieved from Bell & Howell's Proquest Periodicals Research II cd-rom database with more than 1,000 general reference periodicals about business, general science, humanities, and social sciences, . The Librarian conducts online database searches of the Dialog or Westlaw databases for Bureau of Prisons staff only.

Video Collection
The Library's small video collection is growing. The VHS video cassettes are available to staff to view in the Library or to check out. Among the titles are: Boot Camps in Corrections; Death Penalty; Women in Prison; Mentoring in Corrections; and Supermax Prisons. A complete listing of the videos along with an abstract is provided on this web page.

Borrowing Materials

All BOP staff, both in the field and Central Office are eligible to borrow materials from the Library. Books are loaned for four weeks. Videos are loaned for two weeks. Individual issues of periodicals are only loaned out if necessary. It is usually sufficient to make a photocopy of the article you need from a particular issue. The Library staff will gladly make photocopies of articles for staff in our field locations.

Interlibrary Loan
Materials requested by staff that are not available in the Library's collection may be borrowed from other libraries through the interlibrary loan program. The BOP Library is a member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) network, which links the collections of several thousand libraries in the U.S. and 47 foreign countries. Bureau staff have access to 27 million books, periodicals, and other media through interlibrary loan.

Public Access. We do not loan out library materials directly to individuals within the public. However, as a member of OCLC we will loan our materials to other libraries. So, members of the public who want to borrow an item(s) from us should ask your librarian to request the item through the interlibrary loan program.


Reading Room. A reading room is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to aid your research. Library staff on duty will help you find materials, use any of the CD-Rom data bases, and instruct patrons with navigating the Internet and World Wide Web.

FOIA Electronic Reading Room. A dedicated workstation specifically for public use to access the Bureau's documents in electronic format. Access to the Internet, particularly the BOP homepage - - is available. We ask that you call to make an appointment prior to visiting us.

Location and Contact.

Street Address:
Federal Bureau of Prisons Library
500 First Street, NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20534

Mailing Address:
Federal Bureau of Prisons Library
320 First Street, NW
Bldg. 500, 7th Fl.
Washington, DC 20534

(202)307-5756 fax

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