The e-Library is the part of CEPOL's e-Net which allows the archiving, sharing and disseminating of any knowledge documents or scientific findings and related to policing and its context in the European arena to a target audience. This user group includes (senior) police officers, trainers, teachers and lecturers from (national) police colleges and academies in EU Member States as well as qualified academics from universities or established research institutes working on projects relevant for the field of police research and science. As every database its usefulness for the users is determined by the quality and variety of its input as well as by the awareness of its existence among the target groups. Within CEPOL the networks of Research and Science Correspondents and National e-Net Managers have a role in identifying valuable content and sources and promoting its use.

The e-Library does not only hold bibliographical information of publications, but also information about police related research projects, either completed, ongoing or in planning.

Communities & Collections

Taking into consideration the broad field of Member States and its variety of police training and education institutions, the e-Library is organised by making use of the basic elements of ‘Communities’ and ‘Collections’. Each CEPOL Member State is considered a ‘community’, which can have a number of ‘sub-communities’, which are usually representing police forces or national police colleges/academies/universities. This building stone allows a flexible and scalable architecture for representing the changes and expansion of police training and education institutions. The other main element is the ‘Collection’. A ‘collection’ is simply a container of entries with specific features. CEPOL makes use of three different kinds of ‘collections’ within the e-Library to accommodate specific user needs and content features:

  • ‘Knowledge Collection’ – contains general knowledge and materials, referring to experience and good practice, or official statements or reports;
  • ‘Scientific Collection’ – publications or studies generated by commonly used scientific methods, as well as information in respect to scientific research projects;
  • ‘Work Collection’ – containing material accessible only for a specific user group, i.e. participants of a CEPOL course or seminar.

The Knowledge Collections of each institution in the Member States is in the responsibility of the National e-Net Managers, while the Research and Science Correspondents are in charge of the Scientific Collections.

Searching the e-Library

There are several ways to explore the content of the e-Library, whereby the main modi are searching or browsing. Users can do a simple search by entering a single search item or can deploy the sophisticated ‘Advanced Search’, which will allow the combination of a variety of different search criteria. A list of hits will then be presented as a result of this operation. The other modus is to ‘browse’ the content by clicking on one of the options (by Communities, by Thesaurus, by original language etc.). Results of searches can be internally saved, stored or printed by the individual user.

Submitting an entry to the e-Library

CEPOL encourages qualified experts among its communities of police practice, police training or police science to share their knowledge, expertise, research findings and scientific projects with their peers on a European level, by submitting their entries for inclusion in the e-Library, in particular if it features a comparative or European aspect. In principle, every police expert can manage his or her own submissions using an easy and guided procedure, provided they have been granted a CEPOL e-Net account as a general pre-requisite. However, organisational policies and procedures for making a submission to any of the e-Library collections varies from CEPOL Member State to Member State and from collection to collection. More information is available by making contact with the National e-Net Manager of the submitter’s country.


Office address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1066 Budapest
Ó utca 27

Correspondence address

European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training
1903 Budapest

Email address

Telephone: +36 1 803 8030/8031

Fax: +36 1 803 8032