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Find material in the Library

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.

View a map of classmark locations for the Course Collection.

Main Collection (across 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors)

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). 

View a map of classmark locations for the Main Collection.

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

Archives and other restricted access store collections

Would you like to access collections that aren't on our open shelves? Find out how:

Archives and special collections

Our reading room is closed, but we are able to offer a limited scanning service for small quantities of material from our archives and special collections.

Email us if you are interested in our archive collections.

Library store collections

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

Request an item from the Library store. (Service suspended)

Library offsite store collections

Very low use collections are located in offsite storage.

Items can be identified through Library Search and include:

  • Reserve Books
  • Reserve Journals

Request an item from the offsite store(Service suspended)

Get further help

If you need any further help or information, please email us