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Find material in the Library

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

Find out how to search our collections and find material in the Library. 

Search for and find material

Browse our collections using Library Search or one of the other specialist catalogues.

Course Collection (1st floor)

In the Course Collection you will find copies of the essential books on your reading lists. You can borrow these books for 7 days.

Main Collection

In the Main Collection you will find our research collections and background readings from your reading lists. You can borrow these books for up to 90 days (reduced to 7 days if requested by someone else). 

Locate material

Find out which floor the material you require is located on: 

A table to show which floor you will find Main Collection classmarks on.
Course Collection booksFloor
A to Z 1st 
Main Collection 
 Books Floor
 A to HA  3rd
 HB to JV  2nd
 JX to Z  1st
TWL@LSE books 3rd (ref. only)
Journals Floor
A to JZ 3rd
K to Z 2nd
Other collections Floor
Lakatos and Schapiro collection 3rd
Statistics 2nd
Historical Statistics Lower ground
UK Parliamentary Papers 1901– Lower ground
Government Publications 4 –71 Lower ground
Government Publications 71(R28) – 83(R34) Lower ground - open access store

Collections that are currently unavailable

Would you like access to collections that are currently unavailable? Email us to let us know what you want and we'll get back to you when possible.

Archives and special collections (currently unavailable)

LSE and The Women's Library Archives

TWL@LSE Special Collections (pamphlets and Cavendish Bentinck)

Library store collections (currently unavailable)

Certain collections are located in on-site closed storage. 

Items can be identified through Library Search and include:

  • Russian collection
  • Intergovernmental organisations (IGO) reports
  • UK Government publications
  • Microform and microfilm
  • Historical newspapers
  • Pamphlets 
  • LSE PhD theses

Library offsite store collections (currently unavailable)

Very low use collections are located in offsite storage.

Items can be identified through Library Search and include:

  • Reserve Books
  • Reserve Journals

Get further help

If you need any further help, please contact us