Criminological Library
The Training Institue of Prison and Probation Services

Postal Address

The Criminological Library
The Training Institue of Prison and Probation Services
P.O. Box 41 (Vernissakatu 2 A)
01301 Vantaa
Finland

Staff

Librarian: Ms. Silja Rekomaa (silja.rekomaa@om.fi)
Library Assistant: Ms. Minna Nurminen (minna.nurminen@om.fi)

Lending: +358 10 366 5054
Information Service: +358 10 366 5056
Telefax: +358 10 366 5020


Special Fields

Criminality, criminology, crime victims, crime prevention, sanctions, penal systems, prison services, and prisoners and probation services.
Literature of relevant fields, such as psychology, education, jurisprudence, history and medicine as well as fiction on crime and prison

Special Collections
  • Final papers of prison services students
  • The collection of the first Director General of the Prison Service, Adolf Grotenfelt, containing about 2000 volumes of international literature on criminology and criminal law.
  • Private collection of Director General K.J. Lang, containing about 5000 volumes
  • Newspaper clippings on prison services and criminal policy since 1946
Book and Video Collections
  • About 24,000 volumes of monographs, serials and theses in 2007
  • Reference books and encyclopedia, specialist dictionaries, prison glossaries
  • Bibliographies on prison, concentration camps, crime, terrorism, sexual minorities, Finnish and foreign crime and prison statistics
  • Manuals on psychiatry and jurisprudence
  • About 540 Video tapes about prison services and alcohol, alcoholism, treatment, AIDS, drugs, first aid, treatment programmes, and old Finnish films
Periodicals
  • About 120 Finnish and 100 foreign periodicals on criminology, science and various professionals and about 2300 stored volumes of periodicals
  • Newspapers/periodicals published by prisoners in Finnish prisons since the 1960s
Network/Online/CD Internet: www.rskk.fi
Access Rights
  • The Criminological Library primarily serves the prison and probation services organization in Finland, namely the staff of the Criminal Policy Department of the Ministry of Justice, the Criminal Sanctions Agency, the Training Institute for Prison and Probation Services, and the Prisons and the Probation Service
  • As a national special library, it also offers services for outside information seekers
Lending &
Interlibrary Loan

Reference materials are not lent out. Videos are lent to prison and probation service staff only, but videos can be watched freely in the library video room. The load period is four weeks for books and one week for video tapes. Inter-Library Loan services are provided for prison and probation staff only.

Equipment

The library has 20 public terminals with Internet connections as well as watching room with VCR, CD, DVD, and TV equipments which can be used without reservation during opening hours

Information Service

Information retrievals from our own as well as foreign database are provided mainly for prison and probation services staff and to a limited extent, for outsiders

Presentation
for Visitors

General presentations of the library are arranged for groups (maximum 20 people). Please book your presentation at least one week in advance. The library presentation takes about 30-60 minutes and includes a tour of the collections and an introduction to information retrieval services

Services

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 9:00-15:30, Fri 9:00-14:00

Organizational Framework

The Ministry of Justice, the Criminal Sanctions Agency, the Training Institute for Prison and Probation Services

Year of Establishment The Criminological Library was established in 1978 and was called Library of the Prison Administration until 2006