Where is the Library? Is the Library open 24 hours? Can anyone use the Library?
Can I have a pass for the day?
How long will it take to process my application?
Can I use my own university ID card to access the Library?
Do I need to bring a photo for my library card?
What ID and proof of address do you accept?
I do not have a bank account or pay utility bills. What should I do?
The Library is situated at 10 Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HD.
The Library is open 24hrs to LSE staff and students only, during lent and summer terms. All external users must leave the Library at midnight. There are regular security checks throughout the night and you will be escorted to the exit if you are unable to produce and LSE ID.
We welcome all visitors who need to use our collections for their research although there are restrictions during our exam period. Please be aware the the Library is the worlds largest Social Science research library and as such does not hold titles suitable for study below undergraduate level. The exact procedure may vary depending on which category of vistor you fall into so, to apply online and find out what you will need to bring with you, please continue to our main admissions pages
Access can be provided for one day only but all individuals who wish to gain access to the Library have to apply according to their user category and provide the correct ID and/or proof of address.
Please complete the self registration form a few days before you are due to visit the Library. On your arrival visit the reception desk, it will take just a few minutes to finish your application and receive your library pass. However if there is a problem with your application them the process may take up to 3 working days
No, all users must be members of the Library and must complete the self registration form. Access will be denied if you are unable to provide the correct ID and proof of address
No, you do not need to bring a photo, we have a web cam to digitally store your image.
National ID Cards
UK College and University ID
Bank Credit or Debit Card
Staff ID Card
ID cards from private colleges
Photo oyster cards
Once registered please come to the reception desk and speak to a member of the Membership team. Access is only allowed once the correct documentation has been provided.
Please contact Library.Membership@lse.ac.uk for advice.