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Inter Library Loans

If you need material for your research which the Library does not hold, you can use the inter-library loan service. This service 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 order an inter-library loan:

  • Find out as much about the material.  The essential details are title and author of the material
  • Go the classic catalogue and click on the ‘Requests and Interlending’ button at the top of the page to access the interlending request forms.  You will need your LSE IT login details to access the forms.  Select from the following menu options ‘Interlending Book’, ‘Interlending Journal’, ‘UK Theses’ or ‘ILL Renewal’

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

Please note IDD services are currently only running 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 we receive a paper copy of the article it will be held at the Library service counter to be collected.
  • Due to UK copyright law there is a 10p charge for each journal article collected form the Library service counter 

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.  Please find further information regarding Rules, Regulations and Copyright Law.|

Note on requests for UK theses

The LSE is part of the British Library 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. Once the Thesis has been digitised it will be available through the ETHOS website.

Note on Foreign theses

The LSE subscribes to PROQUEST  Digital Theses which gives you access to foreign theses. If a Thesis you need has not been digitised you can request this through the inter library loan service using the interlending request form or book.  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.

Note on renewals

If you have an item and you would like to renew it, please email library.idd@lse.ac.uk|  or select ‘ILL Renewal’ through the ‘Request and Interlending’ tab on the classic catalogue

Information for other libraries requesting material

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.

Copies of chapters and articles from these collections may be available.  Please read our lending policy for more information.|