The Women’s Library @ LSE collections document all aspects of women’s lives, with a particular emphasis on the lives of women in the UK and the great political, economic and social changes of the past 150 years.
The print collections include over 60,000 books and pamphlets and 3,000 periodical titles. The archive and museum collections include over 500 archives and 5,000 museum objects, including photographs, posters, badges, banners, textiles and ceramics.
Search the main Library catalogue for the print collections.
Search The Women's Library @ LSE archive catalogue for archives and museum objects.
Planning and design for the construction of a new Reading Room for The Women's Library @ LSE is underway and the new facility is expected to open in the Lionel Robbins Building in 2014.
Until the completion of the new reading room, The Women's Library @ LSE collections will be made available for consultation in the Library's existing Reading Room (for details see Reading Room Access).
Archives, books, periodicals, pamphlets and other printed materials and museum objects are also available.
A selection of The Women's Library @ LSE collection is accessible from the Digital Library.
The resource presents a representative sample of the collection, featuring more than 300 items from the 16th Century to the present day and 35 rare books digitised in full.
Before you visit the Library's Reading Room you will need to join the Library. Membership is free and available to all those who need to use the collections for their research. Please see the membership page for further information on joining the Library.
All The Women’s Library @ LSE collections – including the modern print collections - are currently held in a secure store. Before your visit you should consult the online catalogues to identify the material you would like to see.
Please contact the Library if you would like help planning your research. The Library's staff can advise you on The Women’s Library @ LSE collections and direct you to material which is relevant to your subject area. You are advised to register online for Library membership in advance of your visit, book a place in the reading room, and order some initial material to be fetched ready for your arrival.
Please see Reading Room Access for further information on planning your visit, including details of our opening hours and fetch service.