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The Seligman Library

Welcome to the Anthropology Department’s Library!

Who? The library is open to all staff and students of the anthropology department and is staffed by friendly undergraduate librarians who can help with queries.

What? We have a collection of books, printed articles from the reading lists, dissertations and DVDs, all of which you can borrow for a week. The collection is updated regularly and we have a Professors’ Picks section with lecturers’ recommendations.

The library holds a variety of events, including the regular Friday seminars, student-led research seminars, film nights and the weekly tea party. 

When? We are open for borrowing from 12-2pm on Monday to Thursday, and from 12.30-2pm on Friday during term time. You can use the library for study during the rest of the day, as long as there are no classes taking place. Check the library door for the week’s timetable.

Where? On the 6th Floor of the Old Building.

Why? Come to study, chat, have a cup of tea, meet other anthropologists – or just for a quiet refuge from the busy world of LSE!

What's in a name? The library is named after Charles Seligman, the first lecturer in ethnology at the school from 1910, who became chair in 1913. Seligman was a teacher of Malinowski, one of the key figures of 20th century anthropology.


Book Catalogue [Library Thing]

Offprint Catalogue (xls file)

Film Catalogue (xls file)

PhD Thesis Catalogue (xls file)

MSc Dissertations/MPhil Research Proposals

The library holds a selection of MSc dissertations and MPhil Research Proposals, in print form. A small number of PhD theses are also held, which have been donated to the library.

Access to past MSc dissertations and Research Proposals is restricted to staff and students within the department.

Students on the following programmes can borrow three dissertations at a time, to be returned within one week:

MSc Social Anthropology

MSc Social Anthropology (Learning and Cognition)

MSc Anthropology and Development

BA/BSc Social Anthropology

Students on the following programme can borrow two dissertations at a time, to be returned within three days.

MSc China in Comparative Perspective

MSc Law, Anthropology and Society

Using the library

Borrowing items

During opening hours all cabinets are left open to allow you to browse and pick any off-print or book you require, or you can use the Catalogues to find items. You can then approach one of the library assistants who will be able to issue it/them to you. Please only ask the library assistants to retrieve books or off-prints if you are having trouble locating what you are looking for.

Loan period

Books – 1 week.
Off-prints – 3 days.
Essential reading for courses that is not available in course packs – 1 hour.

Returning items

If you are returning items outside library opening times you can leave them in the blue box marked ‘Seligman library returns’ in the department's outer office (OLD 6.04). Please ensure you return items in the same condition in which you borrowed them. If items are unusable or damaged badly you will be charged the cost of replacement.

Wednesday tea party

For all Anthropology students and staff (12 - 2pm on Wednesdays in term time).

Calling all students and staff of the Department of Anthropology!

You are welcome to join us for a weekly relaxing Tea Party every Wednesday during term time, from 12 to 2pm in the Seligman Library, where free hot drinks will be available to all members of Anthropology Department.

Bring your lunch, bring your fellow anthropologists, bring stories from summer breaks or fieldwork, bring ideas for projects and enjoy the surroundings.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Contacting the library

You can contact the Seligman Library by emailing: