Finding books

Use Library Search to access online resources and get classmarks for print material.

Key classmarks are: 

  Subject  Classmark
 Philosophy, by period  B108 -
 Philosophy, Modern  B790 -
 Logic  BC
 Ethics  BJ
 Political philosophy, by country JA84
 History of science  Q124.6
 Philosophy of science  Q173

The Library is divided into a number of collections so make sure to note down the full location of the item you want. 

Course Collection

The Course Collection (ground floor) contains copies of essential texts from your reading list. These books can be borrowed for 3 days and renewed if no one else requests them. 

Many of these books will be available as ebooks on Library Search.  


The Library has a growing number of ebooks . They are accessible to LSE staff and students by using their network username and password.  Major collections include:

  • MyiLibrary includes many essential reading texts   

Finding books not held by the Library

  • Use COPAC to find books located in the major UK university research libraries, including many in London. 
  • Use InforM25 to find books located in the libraries of universities in the London area. 
  • Use the Inter-Library Lending system for books that you cannot easily get to yourself.