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Borrowing books

Library books

If you have an access  card with a barcode then you can borrow books. If you aren't a member then you should see our Membership section for details of the types of access we offer to non-LSE people. All LSE staff, students and alumni can borrow books. We do not offer lending services to members of the public.

Self-service machines

Books should be borrowed and returned at the self-service machines on the ground floor. Use the Course Collection machines for books from that area, and use the Main Collection machines by the service desk for everything else. Follow the on-screen instructions or ask a member staff if you would like assistance.

Overdue loans

We do not charge overdue fines. However, your account will be blocked until overdue material is returned or renewed. Login to renew your books and check your account through Library Search.

It is essential that you return books that have been requested by other readers. You will not be able to renew items that are required by others.  

Requested books

Books are shared across all readers and our teaching collections can be in high demand. To ensure the fair circulation of material we have a process where you can request a book that is on loan to another reader. We will inform you when material you have requested can be picked up. Normally this takes 3 - 7 days.

Number of items

The following table indicates the borrowing allowance for each user group:

The first row indicates the user type from left to right. The first column represents the collections. The related numbers indicate how many books that those user types indicated can borrow from each collection. The final row represents the total number of items that each user type can borrow.
  LSE UG & PG students

LSE staff, PhD & Associate staff 

 LSE Alumni SCONUL A borrowers  SOAS staff & PG students 
Main Collection  20 40 4 4
Course Collection 20  40 0 0 0
Total 20 40 4 4 4


Duration of loans

Everyone eligible for borrowing can borrow Main Collection books for 90 days, unless we ask you to return them earlier.

LSE students can borrow Course Collection books for 3 days. LSE staff, PhD and Associate staff can borrow them for 7 days.

The first row lists the user type. The first column lists the collection. The corresponding numbers represent for how long each user type can borrow books from each collection.
  LSE UG & PG students LSE staff, PhD & Associate staff  LSE Alumni  SCONUL A borrowers  SOAS staff & PG students 
Main Collection 90 days 90 days 90 days 90 days 90 days
Course Collection   3 days  7 days  n/a  n/a  n/a