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Borrow, return and request books

Find out how to borrow, return and request the material you need.

Borrowing books

LSE staff and students can borrow our open access print collections.

Use the self-service machines to borrow books and chat to us if you need to.

How long can I borrow books for?

LSE staff and students can borrow:

  • Course Collection items for 7 days
  • Main Collection items for 90 days

How many books can I borrow in total?

LSE staff and researchers can borrow 50 books.

LSE undergraduates and postgraduates can borrow 30 books.


Returning books

Return books using the self-service machines on the ground floor of the Library.

If you don't want to enter the Library, post them through the external drop box.


Request books out on loan

This service is currently suspended. 


Access material not available through LSE Library

If you can't access something that you need, let us know through the 'Get It For Me' service.

This service is for when you want articles, chapters or ebooks that are not available in our collection.

Find out how to use the Get It For Me service

We aren't able to order print titles at the moment, but if what you want is available electronically then we should be able to get you access.


Need any help?

If you need any help, contact us.

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