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Using the space and facilities

Read about services and facilities available to you at LSE Library.

Book individual and group study spaces

How to make a booking

LSE students can make PC, study space, booth or room bookings online.

Collaboration space

There are two spaces that can be booked for collaborative work. One is on the lower ground floor (R07) and  the other is on the 3rd floor (R3.03).

These are available for booking between 9am to 9pm by LSE student groups of 10-20 people (email the Enquiries Team to book).

Printing and photocopying


The Print & Copy Helpdesk is located on the 1st floor of the Library within the Tech Centre.

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday:             9.30am to 6.50pm
  • Saturday and Sunday:     10.30am to 5.50pm (during term time)

Photocopying and printing charges

  • 3.5p per side for A4 mono and 7p A3 mono
  • 10p per side for A4 colour and 20p A3 colour

LSE students

Put credit on your account to print or photocopy. There are 3 ways to do this:

1. Use the value loaders, these are available on the lower ground and 1st floors.

2. Sign in to your online print account.

3. Visit the Print & Copy Helpdesk during opening hours.

You can use any printer on campus once you have sent your documents to print. 

LSE staff

Contact repro.admin@lse.ac.uk for assistance.

Visitors and alumni

Visitors and alumni are able to print using the printers on the 1st floor of the Library. To create a printing account, make sure you have your login and password then visit the Tech Centre on the 1st floor.

If you need help with your login and password then email us or come to the Enquiry Desk by the entrance.

Dissertation binding

Print & Copy Helpdesk staff can bind your work for you while you wait - it normally only takes a few minutes for this to be done. This service is offered throughout the year and is often used by students wanting to have their dissertation bound.

We offer 'plastic comb binding' only so check your department requirements to ensure this meets expectations. A single set of plastic comb binding normally costs £2.50.

You can contact the team directly for further information on: 0207 955 7939.  

Additional information

Please ensure you observe UK copyright law.

Please don't press down on book spines and take extra care with large and heavy items.

Food, noise, welfare and reporting issues


You can eat in the Escape Area on the ground floor of the Library. Food cannot be consumed anywhere else in the building.


When studying in the Library you should use the space that is right for you. There are silent areas for individual study and group zones for collaborative working. Please respect your fellow students and work in the appropriate area. 


Remember to take regular breaks and seek help if you have any issues with your welfare. Contact the Student Wellbeing Service for assistance.

Reporting issues

If you come across any issues while in the Library then contact us so that we can help you. 

Lockers for LSE students

Lockers are allocated at the start of the academic year though a lottery system. This is because there are not enough lockers for everyone who wants one. The lottery for the 2019/20 academic year has now closed. 

Read the terms and conditions of use [PDF]. 

If you have a disability and would like to hire a locker, please email us directly or contact the Disability and Wellbeing office.

Find out about other lockers that are available across LSE.

Support for disabled people

We are committed to providing full access to the range of services and facilities that we offer. 

AccessAble guide to the Library

AccessAble provide short reports that outline the disabled and access features at a particular venue. There is a AccessAble guide for LSE Library that provides information to help people in using the building and services. 

Services we offer

  • Three 1st floor study rooms, equipped with assistive IT equipment as well as two IT work station areas (ground and 1st floor), are all reserved for LSE students.
  • A braille printer and two video magnifying systems (CCTV) are located within the 1st floor study rooms. 
  • A fetch service (Monday to Friday) to facilitate easy access to the collections. We are able to fetch up to 15 items per week for you and can guarantee that requests placed before 11am will be ready for collection by 5pm the same day.
  • Flexible borrowing arrangements, including extended loan periods and increased borrowing allowances to suit individual needs.
  • Free book lockers which can be allocated for the duration of your course.
  • Free photocopying and printing is available for LSE students who have been referred by the Disability and Wellbeing Service.
  • A Buddy service which provides you with a staff contact who will advise and assist you throughout your time at LSE.


For further information and for fetch requests email us

Using other libraries

Libraries in London

There are many libraries in London that you can use.

Two of the most useful to LSE students and staff are: 


Senate House Library

  • Central library for the University of London
  • LSE members can borrow books 
  • Full access to electronic resources
  • Use study space and facilities                                        

Where is it?

Apply for access


British Library

  • National Library of the UK
  • Anyone can visit but borrowing is not possible 
  • View rare and unique collections
  • Visit exhibitions and events 

Where is it?

Apply for access


There are many specialist libraries across London covering a wide range of subjects. Contact your librarian for advice about specialist libraries which may be ideal for you. 

Other libraries in the UK

LSE staff and students can sign up to a scheme to use many libraries across the UK.

  • Search the libraries you can access using SCONUL Access.
  • Plan your visit and your requirements with the host library.

Can I borrow?

Under SCONUL Access, borrowing is available to staff, research students, and part-time students. Taught course students can mostly only use the scheme for reference access.

LSE Library has a separate agreement with SOAS allowing MSc students to borrow.

Search other libraries collections

Search across major UK research libraries collections using Library Hub Discover and identify where material you need is located. Ask Library staff if you need assistance accessing material. 

It is also possible to use Interlending services, or request LSE purchases material by filling in the Recommend material form.

 If you can't find the information you need then please get in touch and let us know so we can help and also update this page.

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