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Coronavirus and Library services

Our building is open for LSE staff and students. Check current access arrangements

This page outlines our current services and how to get in touch with us.

Christmas period loans and recalls

Find out about changes to loans 

We have made the following changes to borrowing through the end of term and over the Christmas period. This provides greater flexibility to students and staff who may not be on campus throughout this time:

  • Course Collection loans will be extended from Thursday 3 December to Monday 11 January.
  • Recall requests will be suspended during this period.

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.

However, you can book an in-person appointment with a Librarian if you need help when you're in the Library. 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

Sessions can last up to 30 minutes and will take place in LSE LIFE.

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

The Library building is now open for LSE staff and students.

To enter the Library you need to:

Check our opening hours

Staying safe when visiting the Library

Should you visit?

  • Only visit to use a pre-booked study space, attend a class, visit LSE LIFE (when staffed) or to browse and borrow books.
  • Don’t visit if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.

When you are in the Library

  • Wear a face covering at all times.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Follow the signposted one-way system.
  • Only use the lifts where necessary.
  • Only use a study space if you have booked it in advance.
  • Use our wipes to clean study desks before and after use.

Emergency situations

  • Evacuate if there is a fire alarm without waiting for further instruction. The evacuation point is outside the Saw Swee Hock building.
  • Call 999 in any life-threatening situation. (111 if not life-threatening).
  • Call LSE Security on 020 7955 6904.


Remember to take regular breaks and seek help if you have any issues with your welfare. Contact the Student Wellbeing Service.

Reporting issues

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

Using our collections

Browse and borrow books

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

Find out how to access the Library to browse and borrow books

Returning books you have on loan

  • Return books by leaving them on the trolleys in the Escape area just before the entrance turnstiles.
  • Items will remain on your account until a 72 hour quarantine has passed and will then be discharged shortly after by staff. 
  • Use the external drop-box for book returns when the Library building is closed.
  • You cannot use the self-service machine to return books.

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 able to offer a limited scanning service for small quantities of material from our archives and special collections. For more information, please get in touch.

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 24 November*

Explore some online collections