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Coronavirus and Library services

We are open for LSE staff and students. All other potential visitors—get in touch for advice

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

Get help from Library staff

Contact us by email or social media

We are available 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday to support you.

Contact us by: 

Contact us in person 

Library staff are available Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm at the ground floor service desk to answer basic enquiries.

Staff also roam the building 12pm to 4pm and can assist if you need any help.

Meet with a librarian

A librarian can also meet you in person to discuss searching for literature and referencing for assignments, dissertations and exams.

Find your librarian and contact them to arrange

Get remote 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

LSE staff and students

Our building is open for LSE staff and students for the purpose of research and study. You do not need to book a space to enter.

Alumni, members of the public and other insitutions

Potential visitors needing to access archives or collections unique to LSE should apply using this form. It can take 10 working days for us to respond to applications. We advise you not to make travel bookings in advance.

COVID testing

Everyone must get tested twice a week while working or studying on campus. You must show proof of a negative test (result within 4 days) when entering the Library.

Book a COVID-19 test

Library services and environment

  • single use study spaces on all floors
  • computer workstations and printers
  • physical collections and borrowing available
  • group study spaces are not available
  • food is not allowed
  • face coverings are strongly encouraged

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

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.

Contact us with any issues or concerns.

Resources for LSE Alumni

Accessing archives and special collections

LSE staff and students

If you're a member of LSE you can contact us to let us know what your archives and special collections needs are and we will do our best to help. This could involve advice, scanning or an appointment to visit and use material in the Library.

Contact us for further information and to arrange access

Members of the public, other institutions and LSE alumni

Potential visitors needing to access archives or collections unique to LSE should apply using this form. It can take 10 working days for us to respond to applications. We advise you not to make travel bookings in advance.

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

*Page last updated: Thursday 16 August*

Explore some online collections