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Borrow, return and request books

NEW: Click and Collect service launched

 Find out how to borrow Library books and request other material you need.

Borrow books using Click and Collect

We are now providing a Click and Collect service for Main Collection and Course Collection books that are not currently available online. 

Who can use the service?

LSE postgraduates and members of LSE staff are currently able to use Click and Collect. 

What can I request?

You can request Main Collection and Course Collection books where we don’t have online versions available.

Any items which are already out on loan or from other Library collections will not be available through Click and Collect. 

How do I place a request?

1. Login to Library Search and search for the item you need.

2. If the item is available, click 'Click and Collect request' in the record view and follow the steps.

3. We will email you further instructions within 5 working days.

How many items can I request?

You can request up to 10 items at a time. 

Borrowing allowances have been increased so you can have 50 items on loan at any time.  

How long have I got to collect?

We will keep items for you to collect for 5 working days.

Any uncollected items will be returned to the shelves.

Where do I collect items?

If we’ve emailed you to say the item is available, you can visit us Monday to Friday between 11.30am and 2.30pm to collect from a member of staff at the entrance to LSE Library.

You will not be able to enter the Library building.

Staying safe when collecting from the Library

In order to maintain the health and safety of all Library users and staff, those coming to the Library must adhere to the following guidelines, approved by the School and based on official guidance and protocols:  

1. Do not come to campus if you are feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID-19.

2. You will not be able to enter the Library or any other buildings on campus.

3. When you arrive on campus, you must wait outside the main entrance of the Library and call 07972 461 815 to inform Library staff of your arrival.  

4. A member of Library staff will meet you at the main entrance to hand over your book(s), which will be stored in a bag.   

5. You must follow the social distancing measures that are in place at the entrance of the Library.

6. Hand sanitiser will be available to use.

If you are unable to collect any requested books yourself, email us so we can make suitable alternative arrangements.

We ask that all Library users work with us to ensure everyone’s safety. Please be aware that the measures in place during the COVID-19 restrictions form part of LSE guidance and the Library rules.  

LSE guidance on COVID-19 restrictions.

Return items

Please keep hold of any books you have on loan as we aren't currently able to receive any returns.

We will shortly have an update on this. 

How to request books out on loan

The ability to request/recall books that are on loan has been suspended until further notice. 

Access material not available through LSE Library

If you can't access something that you need, let us know. 

We aren't able to order print titles or paper copies at the moment.

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