A clock

Opening hours

View Library opening hours and service point hours.

Library building

  • Open 8am until 12 midnight 7 days a week up to 22 December

Christmas period opening hours

A table to show the opening hours for each of the Christmas vacation period days. Date is in the left-hand column and the corresponding times are in the right-hand column.
DateOpening hours 
Thursday 20 December 8am until midnight
Friday 21 December 8am until midnight
Saturday 22 December 8am until midnight
Sunday 23 December Closed
Monday 24 December Closed
Tuesday 25 December Closed
Wednesday 26 December Closed
Thursday 27 December 8am until midnight
Friday 28 December 8am until midnight
Saturday 29 December 8am until midnight
Sunday 30 December Closed
Monday 31 December Closed
Tuesday 1 January Closed
Wednesday 2 January Start of 24/7 opening

Christmas loans and recalls

  • Course Collection loans: issued for 7 days rather than 3 from 10am on 10 December to 5pm on 20 December.
  • Recalls: suspended from 10am on 10 December to 10am on 2 January.

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 or on Twitter.

  • Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm*

*Closed from 5pm 20 December until 9am 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**
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 6pm***

**Closed from 7pm 20 December until 9am 2 January 2019

***Closed from 6pm 9 December until 11am 19 January 2019

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

****Closed from 5pm 20 December until 9am 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.

View LSE Library on Google Maps.