Access to the Reading Room
LSE staff and students
We are currently trialling a limited service for LSE staff and students.
If you're a member of LSE you can contact us to let us know what your archives and special collections needs are and we will do our best to help. This could involve advice, scanning or an appointment to visit and use material in the Library.
Contact us for further information and to arrange access.
Members of the public, other institutions and LSE alumni
Our Reading Room is closed at this time. We are reviewing our services and how we might be able to provide access to our collections in the future.
The earliest we expect this to change is the 19 July in line with the national easing of restrictions. However, LSE is closely following government guidelines and a decision won't be made until much nearer to that date. It is also likely that we will still see a phased return to opening and priority may still be given to LSE researchers during the summer.
Provided the government roadmap remains on track, please check back in mid-June when we hope to be able to update further.
We'll be updating our Coronavirus and Library services web page with further information as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can explore our online collections and contact us with any further issues.
Search our collections
Even though we can't provide you with access to our archives and special collections, you can still search them:
Contact us if you need assistance identifying material relevant to your research.