How to make a booking
LSE students and staff can make a study space or room booking.
If you require a room on the lower ground floor email us your request in advance or fill out the booking sheet on the room door.
You can book a study space on the:
Study spaces are available throughout the Library. Silent areas are towards the edge of the building on floors 1, 2 and 3.
- Undergraduate and postgraduate silent study rooms are available on the 1st and 4th floors.
Find your way around by using the Library floor plans [PDF]
Group study rooms
If you want to book a group study room on the lower ground floor then email us your request in advance or fill out the booking sheet on the room door on the day.
- Study rooms are available for LSE students to do group work.
- They are available for between two and eight people.
- Rooms can be booked up to 6 days in advance.
- You can also use LSE LIFE for group study.
The Print & Copy Helpdesk is located on the 1st floor of the Library.
- Monday to Friday: 9.30am – 6.50pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 10.30am – 5.50pm (during term time)
Photocopying and printing charges
- 3.5p per side for A4 mono
- 7p per side for A3 mono
- 10p per side for A4 colour
- 20p per side for A3 colour
Squid cards are not valid for either printing or photocopying, you must credit your print account if you want to photocopy. There are 3 ways to do this:
1. Use the value loaders, these are available on the lower ground and 1st floors.
2. Log on to your online print account.
3. Visit the Print & Copy Helpdesk during opening hours and our staff can take payment in cash or card.
We are currently upgrading systems for staff and an update will follow shortly.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance in the meantime.
Visitors and alumni
Visitors and alumni are able to print using the Canon printers on the 1st floor of the Library. To create a printing account, visit the Print & Copy Helpdesk on the lower ground floor.
Print & Copy Helpdesk staff can bind your work for you while you wait - it normally only takes a few minutes for this to be done. This service is offered throughout the year and is often used by students wanting to have their dissertation bound.
We offer 'plastic comb binding' only so check your department requirements to ensure this meets expectations. A single set of plastic comb binding normally costs £2.50.
You can contact the team directly for further information on: 0207 955 7939.
Please remember to observe UK copyright law. In general, copy no more than five per cent or one chapter of a book and not more than one article from any one journal issue.
Please don't press down on book spines and take extra care with large and heavy items.
If microfilm or digital copies are available, please use them. If you need help using these, please ask the Library staff for details and prices. Only A4 copies are available from the microfiche machines
Library lockers can be hired for the academic year for a fee of £5. Due to the limited number of lockers available in the Library, lockers are allocated via a lottery system.The lottery for the 2017/18 academic year has now closed.
Read the terms and conditions of use [PDF].
If you have a disability and would like to hire a locker, please email us directly or contact the Disability and Wellbeing office.
Find out about other lockers available to LSE students in the basement of the Old Building; they are free of charge and operate on a first-come, first-served basis.
We are committed to providing full access to the range of services and facilities that we offer.
Note that some Library services are not available to external visitors.
Physical access to the building
- Access to the Library building is via a set of automatic doors, activated by the press of a button.
- Automated glass gates provide access through the entrances to the Main Library, LIFE area and the Course Collection area on the 1st floor.
- Accessible toilets are located on all floors.
DisabledGo access guide
DisabledGo provide short reports that outline the disabled and access features at a particular venue. There is a DisabledGo guide for LSE Library that provides information to help people in using the building and services.
Services we offer
- Three 1st floor study rooms, equipped with assistive IT equipment as well as two IT work station areas (ground and lower ground floors), are all reserved for LSE students.
- A braille printer and two video magnifying systems (CCTV) are located within the 1st floor study rooms.
- A fetch service (Monday to Friday) to facilitate easy access to the collections. We are able to fetch up to 15 items per week for you and can guarantee that requests placed before 11am will be ready for collection by 5pm the same day.
- Flexible borrowing arrangements, including extended loan periods and increased borrowing allowances to suit individual needs.
- Free book lockers which can be allocated for the duration of your course.
- Free photocopying and printing is available for LSE students who have been referred by the Disability and Wellbeing Service.
- A Buddy service which provides you with a staff contact who will advise and assist you throughout your time at LSE.
For further information and for fetch requests email us.
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:
Senate House Library
- 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
- 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 Interlending services, or request LSE purchases material by filling in the Recommend material form.