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Find material in the Library

Find out how to search our collections and find material in the Library. 

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  3rd
 HB to JV  K to Z  2nd
 JX to Z    1st

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:

  • 10.45am
  • 12.45pm
  •  2.45pm

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.