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Find material in the Library

Find out how to search our collections and find material in the Library. 

Search for and find material

Search our collections using Library Search or one of the other specialist catalogues.

Find out by collection which floor material is on or how to access it if it is in storage : 

All Course Collection books are located on the 1st floor
Course Collection books A-Z             1st floor
A table to show which floor you will find Main Collection classmarks on.
Main Collection 
 Books Floor
 A to HA  3rd
 HB to JV  2nd
 JX to Z  1st
TWL@LSE books 3rd (ref. only)
Journals Floor
A to JZ 3rd
K to Z 2nd
Other collectionsHow to accessWhen can I get it? 
Offsite store Request by email* or visit the 4th floor reading room 2+ days Find out more
Store Request by email* or visit the 4th floor reading room On the day** Find out more
LSE and The Women's Library Archives Request by email* or visit the 4th floor reading room Find out more 
TWL@LSE Special Collections (books, pamphlets and Cavendish Bentinck) Request by email* or visit the 4th floor reading room

*Email requests take 2 working days to process.

**Monday to Friday with the last fetch at 3.30pm each day. 

Library floor plans

View the collections and spaces available to you on the Library floor plans [PDF].

Library store collections

Certain collections are located in on-site closed storage. 

Items can be identified through Library Search and include:

  • Russian collection
  • IGO reports
  • UK Government publications
  • Microform and microfilm
  • Historical newspapers
  • Pamphlets (e.g.COLL.P. CHAT)
  • LSE PhD theses

Requesting material from store and archive collections

Complete a form in the 4th floor reading room or email us your requirements. Email requests take 2 working days for us to process. 

These are the times we collect requested material for you. Monday - Friday only:

  • 11am
  • 12.30pm
  • 2pm
  • 3.30pm

60 minutes later you can consult the requested material in the 4th floor reading room.

  • We hold items until the reading room closes (Monday - Friday 5pm, 6pm on Saturdays during term time), or the date you enter on the request form.
  • A lot of material cannot be taken out of the reading room.
  • Return material to the reading room desk before it closes.
  • Items can be held for further use. 

Library offsite store collections

Very low use collections are located in offsite storage.

Items can be identified through Library Search and include:

  • Reserve Books
  • Reserve Journals

Requesting material from offsite storage

  • Complete a form in the 4th floor reading room or email us your requirements.
  • We will request items 3 times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Requests must be submitted by 2pm. Items are normally delivered in 2 working days and are held for 2 weeks.
  • Reserve Books can be loaned by members with borrower accounts. Reference pass holders may consult reserve books in the 4th floor reading room. Reserve Journals are reference only for all members.

Get further help

If you need any further help then please contact us or visit one of the service desks. Staff are available during office hours to help you find material or answer any other queries you have.