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Using other libraries

Libraries in London

There are a huge number of libraries in London that you can use.

Two of the most useful to LSE students and staff are: 

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    • Central library for the University of London
    • LSE members can borrow books 
    • Full access to electronic resources
    • Use study space and facilities                                        

Where is it?

Apply for access


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    • National Library of the UK
    • Anyone can visit but borrowing is not possible 
    • View rare and unique collections
    • Visit exhibitions and events 

Where is it?

Apply for access


There are many specialist libraries across London covering a wide range of subjects. Contact your librarian for advice about specialist libraries which may be ideal for you. 

Other libraries in the UK

LSE staff and students can sign up to a scheme to use many libraries across the UK.

  • Search the libraries you can access using SCONUL Access
  • Follow instructions to register for the scheme
  • Plan your visit and your requirements with the host library

University library access policies vary and can be complex. You are advised to check in advance with the library you want to visit regarding their access policies.  

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.

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

Search other libraries collections

Search across major UK research libraries collections using Copac  and identify where material you need is located. Ask Library staff if you need assistance accessing material. 

It is also possible to use the Inter-Library Loans service, or request LSE purchases material by filling in the book and journal Recommendations form.