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Access archives and special collections

Get in touch and tell us what you need to use

Our archives and special collections are open to those who want to use them.

Accessing physical collections and the Reading Room

LSE staff, students and alumni

Let us know what you want to use and we'll provide advice.

Get in touch to arrange access


Members of the public and other institutions

Need to use our archives or special collections? Apply for access.

It can take 10 working days for us to respond to applications.

We advise you not to make travel bookings in advance.


Digital scanning service

Digital scans of archives and special collections items can be ordered for personal use. The service is free and aimed at researchers wishing to consult small amounts of material remotely. 

Each request will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We aim to produce scans, subject to condition approval and appropriate copyright restrictions, within ten working days.

Unless requested otherwise, scans will be provided as PDF files at sufficient resolution for transcription and basic analysis. Contact us regarding your request.


Search our collections

Contact us if you need assistance identifying material relevant to your research.

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