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Coronavirus and Library services

Find out about our current services and how to stay in touch. 

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: 

Getting further help

The Library building and study space 

Is the Library building open?

We are currently finalising plans to open up our building for LSE staff and students. An update will be available shortly.

Using our collections 

Borrow books

We are currently finalising plans to open up collections for LSE staff and students. An update will be available shortly.



How do I return books I have on loan?

You can now return books to us between 11.30am and 2.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Call 07972 461 815 when you arrive at the Library to meet a member of staff. 

You will not be able to enter the building. 

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.

We are currently reviewing our services and how we might be able to provide access to these collections in the future.

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

Recommend we purchase an ebook

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

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.

Request an article or book chapter

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

We aren't able to order paper copies of articles or chapters at the moment.

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?

Unfortunately we are unable to give remote access to Bloomberg; however, you can use S&P Capital IQ to access company data.  

Register as a new user with your LSE email address to access the site. 

If it doesn't have what you need, email and be as specific as you can about your data requirements so they can advise. 

*Page last updated: Tuesday 15 September*

Explore some online collections