Finding books

Use Library Search to search for books, journals and online resources. Use the location and classmark included in each catalogue record to locate material or ask a member of staff.  

Every book has a classmark, made up of letters and numbers. Here are some examples of classmarks for particular subjects related to Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method:


  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

Course Collection

The Course Collection (ground floor) holds multiple copies of essential course texts.

You can short-cut the searching for reading list books by using Reading lists @ LSE. This primarily has undergraduate courses currently.  


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:

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. (Use the "Requests and inter-lending" button on the Library Catalogue to request items).