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Opening hours

We are open 8am until midnight

View Library opening hours and service point hours.

Library building

Open 8am until midnight for all cardholders.

Christmas opening hours 

A table to show the opening times for the dates over the Christmas holiday period.
 Date Opening hours
Tuesday 24 December Closed
Wednesday 25 December Closed
Thursday 26 December Closed
Friday 27 December 8am to 12am* 
Saturday 28 December 8am to 12am*
Sunday 29 December 8am to 12am*
Monday 30 December 8am to 12am*
Tuesday 31 December Closed
Wednesday 1 January Closed
Thursday 2 January 24 hour 

*Staffed by Security only. 

Staffed services

Enquiries Desk

Enquiries staff are your first stop for help with the Library and its services. You can also contact the team by email, on Twitter or Facebook.

  • Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm*
  • *Closed from 5pm on 20 December until 2 January. 

Support Desk

Visit this desk to get general help with borrowing, requesting material and any other issues to do with your Library account. 

  • Monday to Friday: 9am to 7pm*
  • Last weekend open before Christmas: 7 and 8 December
  • First weekend open after Christmas: 25 and 26 January
  • *Closed from 7pm on 20 December until 2 January 

The Women's Library Reading Room

On the 4th floor of the Library, The Women's Library Reading Room is the space for using LSE and The Women's Library archives and special collections. Read about access to archives and special collections.

  • Monday to Friday: 10.30 am to 5pm*
  • Last Saturday open (by appointment) before Christmas: 7 December
  • First Saturday open (by appointment) after Christmas: 25 January
  • *Closed from 5pm on 20 December until 2 January

Exhibition Gallery

Visit our exhibition space by the entrance to LSE Library. Exhibitions change termly and are an opportunity to explore themes within our unique and distinctive collections. View information about our exhibitions.

Find us

LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD.

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