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Virtual Library Overview

The NCJRS Virtual Library houses all the resources presented in the NCJRS Abstracts Database. As of October 2014, the Virtual Library's primary purpose is to serve as an archive and access repository for OJP information and knowledge resources. In this role, the Virtual Library collects, preserves, and provides public access to all resources produced and/or sponsored/funded by OJP, as well as derivative works such as journal articles and grey literature. However, materials collected and housed in the Virtual Library prior to October 2014 remain publicly available. These resources, including Federal, State, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research, comprehensively cover criminal justice, juvenile justice, and drug issue topics. Consisting of more than 220,000 documents, the collection remains one of the largest criminal justice information repositories in the world and is used heavily by researchers, practitioners, and policy makers.


The NCJRS Virtual Library is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, approximately 20 miles northwest of Washington, DC. The Virtual Library is not open to the public; however, Virtual Library staff are available to respond to all questions, comments, and suggestions.

Contact the Virtual Library

Correspondence, document requests, and other inquiries can be sent to:

Mail:   NCJRS Library
            P.O. Box 6000
            Rockville, MD 20849-6000

Phone: 800-851-3420

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