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Using other libraries

Finding another library

You can search library catalogues from all over the world to identify material. If you can't get to the holding library, you can request material via our Inter Library Loan Service .

COPAC is a joint catalogue of major UK research libraries including LSE Library, the British Library, UCL, King's, Wellcome Library, Oxford, Cambridge.

Use Search25 to find books and journals located in the libraries of universities in the London area.

Other libraries in the UK and Ireland

The easiest way to get access to most other university libraries in the UK and Ireland, even within London, is to use the SCONUL Access scheme

Follow the instructions on the SCONUL Access website and you will be given a list of libraries you can visit.  When you select a library you will receive an email which you can use as an introduction letter to that library.  You will also need to take your LSE id card with you.

You should also look at the website of the library you are planning to visit to check things like opening hours or whether you need to take a passport sized photograph.


Not all university libraries are a member of the full scheme. For example, King's College and UCL do not allow full-time undergraduates under the SCONUL scheme, but do under a University of London scheme.  

If the library you want to visit is not on the SCONUL list you should check their website to see what their policy is. 

Can I borrow?

Under SCONUL Access, borrowing is available to Staff, research students, and part-time students.  Taught course students may only use the scheme for reference access.

All LSE staff and students may borrow books and use online resources at Senate House Library

LSE Library has a separate agreement with SOAS allowing MSc students to borrow.

The British Library

The British Library is the UK's National Library.  Anyone can visit but to use the Reading Rooms at St Pancras you will need to register for a Reader Pass.  Borrowing is not possible.