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Coronavirus and Library services

We are available online to help you

Find out how to access the Library to borrow books or use study space.

Contacting us

How to contact us by email or social media

We are available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday to support you.

Contact us by: 

Get help from your librarian

If you need help using the Library and its resources, you should contact your department librarian first. They can provide support remotely. They can assist you with:

  • finding the resources on your reading list
  • finding resources for your assignments
  • finding data and other specialist information.
  • citing and referencing enquiries

Contact a librarian to discuss.

  • You can also contact specialists on publishing, data management and research impact. Explore our research support guides.

The Library building and study space 

Visiting the Library building

Our building is open for LSE staff and students for the purpose of research and study.

Book a test in advance

Anyone coming to campus must be able to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 4 days previously.

Book a COVID-19 test

Entering the Library

You do not need to book a space to enter the Library.

Upon entry you must provide Security with:

  • proof you are a LSE student or member of staff
  • proof of your negative COVID-19 test

Library services and environment

  • single use, socially distanced study spaces on all floors
  • computer workstations and printers
  • physical collections and borrowing available
  • group study spaces are not available
  • food is not allowed
  • masks to be worn at all times

Staying safe when visiting the Library

While you are in the Library

If you come across any issues while in the Library, contact us

Using our collections

Borrow books

LSE staff and students can borrow our open access print collections if they need to. 

Returning books you have on loan

We are currently unable to process any book returns.

Please renew and keep hold of items you currently have on loan. We will advertise when we can accept returned books again.

Contact us with any issues or concerns.

New and enhanced resources for LSE students and staff

We have been able to secure additional resources to help you with your online learning, research and teaching. 

New and improved resources for LSE staff and students

Resources for LSE Alumni

Accessing archives and special collections

Due to the current situation with coronavirus, our archives and special collections can't be accessed.

Get in touch for advice.

In the meantime, you can still access our digitised collections, or explore our collection highlights to find out more about our archives and special collections.

Our team of curators can help you according to their area of expertise.

You can also send us any general enquiries, and we'll do our best to help. 

Online exhibitions and collections

Access material not available through LSE Library

Use the Get It For Me service

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

The Get It For Me 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.

Doing research under the current circumstances

Are you having trouble accessing secure data for your research?

We are aware that in the current circumstances some researchers aren't able to access some of the secure datasets they need for their research (eg ONS data). The Library, Research and Innovation and Cyber Security are working together to identify the researchers affected and investigate potential solutions. 

If you are facing issues for your research projects, please get in touch via in the first instance. We can then work with you and data providers to provide support. 

Doing primary research online? Read our advice and tips 

 As students and researchers are no longer able to conduct face-to-face data collection, new guidance has been produced to provide advice and tips for doing online data collection.

Please see our guides for:

How do I use Bloomberg at the moment?

*Page last updated: Thursday 25 February*

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