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Inter Library Loans

LSE staff and students can use the inter-library loan service if the material needed for your research is not held by the Library.

This is a free service which allows you to borrow material from libraries across the world, giving you access to a diverse range of material including: 

  • Books
  • Journal Articles
  • Theses

To request an inter-Library loan:

  1. Find out as much as possible about the material. The most important details are the title and author of the material
  2. From Library Search, select Interlending at the top of the screen to access the interlending request form. Sign in with your LSE username and password. 
  3. Select Book or Article and complete the key details.
  4. Monitor the progress of your interlending request through your Library account on  Library Search

Once the material has arrived you will receive an email either directing you to download the material or collect it from the Library service counter.

Please note Interlending services are currently only available for LSE staff and students.

Notes on requests for journal articles

  • Most journal articles are now supplied electronically. 
  • You will be sent an email containing a link through which you can download the article. 
  • If the Library receives a paper copy of the article it will be held at the  service counter to be collected.

Please note that you may only request one article from an issue of a journal.

If you need more then you will have to request the whole issue of the journal. 

Note on requests for UK material

LSE is part of the British Library's ETHOS Service which gives you access to UK theses.

If the UK thesis you need has not been digitised you can request this through the inter-Library loan service. Once the request has been placed there can be a long wait as copyright permission needs to be obtained. When the thesis has been digitised it will be available through the ETHOS website|.

Note on requests for foreign theses

LSE subscribes to PROQUEST Digital Theses which gives you access to foreign theses.

If the thesis you need has not been digitised you can request this through the inter library loan service using the Interlending request form for books on Library Search. 

A paper copy will arrive and a digital copy may be available a few weeks later if the awarding institution is part of PROQUEST.

There may be a long wait for foreign theses due to copyright permission needing to be obtained.

Information for other libraries requesting material

Please note Interlending services are currently only available for LSE staff and students.

Please email library.idd@lse.ac.uk| providing the following information:

  • Your British Library Billing Code
  • Request reference
  • Your request details (Title, Author etc.)
  • Your British Library Location Code

Lending Fees

Our charges for supplying material to requesting libraries are as follows



UK and Ireland



European Union

2 IFLA Vouchers

1 IFLA Voucher

Rest of the World

3 IFLA Vouchers

2 IFLA Vouchers

Lending Policy in Brief

Material in the Serials, Periodicals, Reference and Course collections are not available for loan.