Searching our collections
Search our collections using Library Search or one of the other specialist catalogues.
Finding and accessing material
Once you have identified the material you need by using Library Search you should take a note of the collection name and classmark.
For example: Main Collection HB103 D45.
Library floor plans
View the collections and spaces available to you on the Library floor plans [PDF].
Main Collection books and journals
For Main Collection books and journals you can use the following table to identify which floor the classmark you need is located on:
A table to show which floor you will find Main Collection classmarks on.
| Books|| Journals|| Floor|
| A to HA
|| A to JZ
| HB to JV
|| K to Z
| JX to Z
Course Collection books
Course Collection books are all on the 1st floor.
Only LSE staff and students have access to the Course Collection during term time.
Library store collections
There are certain collections which due to their unique nature, size or rarity are located in on-site closed storage. Read the access archives and special collections web page to find out more about how to use this kind of material.
Items can be identified through Library Search and include:
- Russian collection
- IGO reports
- UK Government publications
- Microform and microfilm
- Historical newspapers
- Pamphlets (e.g.COLL.P. CHAT)
- LSE PhD theses
- LSE and Women's Library archive collections
Requesting material from store collections
Complete a form in the 4th floor reading room or email us your requirements
These are the times we collect requested material for you. Monday - Friday only:
Between 60 - 70 minutes later you can consult the requested material in the 4th floor reading room.
- We hold items until the reading room closes (Monday - Friday 5pm, 6pm on Saturdays during term time), or the date you enter on the request form.
- You must not take anything out of the reading room.
- Return material to the reading room desk before it closes.
- Items can be held for further use.