Two socially distanced students wearing mask studying in the Library

Using the space and facilities

Read about services and facilities available to LSE staff and students.

Library services

Staying safe while using the Library (COVID-19)

Should you visit?

  • Only visit to use pre-booked services (a study space; a 1-1 consultation), attend a class 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.
  • You must only use a study space if you have booked it in advance.
  • Use our wipes to clean study spaces and other touch points 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.
  • If you need LSE Security, call them 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

Book a study space

Individual study spaces in the Library

We have socially distanced study spaces available for LSE staff and students in the Library.

Study rooms in the Library can be booked for individual use.

Interview rooms in the Library (single occupancy)

If you need a private room for an interview (single occupancy only) then we have availability for this in the Library.

Study spaces elsewhere on campus

There are study spaces across campus that you can use, with many available to book.

Meet with 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.

Lockers for LSE students

We are working on our plans for the Library locker service and will update on this when we have further detail. 

Students with Inclusion Plans (IPs) should contact us for details of the arrangements we have made for them.

Support for disabled people

We are committed to providing full access to the range of services and facilities that we offer. 

AccessAble guide to the Library

AccessAble provide short reports that outline the disabled and access features at a particular venue. There is a AccessAble guide for LSE Library that provides information to help people in using the building and services. 

Services we offer

  • Three 1st floor study rooms, equipped with assistive IT equipment as well as two IT work station areas (ground and 1st floor), are all reserved for LSE students.
  • A braille printer and video magnifying systems (CCTV) are located within the 1st floor study rooms. 
  • A book retrieval service (Monday to Friday) to facilitate easy access to the collections. We are able to fetch up to 20 items per week for you and can guarantee that requests placed before 11am will be ready for collection by 3pm the next day.
  • Flexible borrowing arrangements, including extended loan periods and increased borrowing allowances to suit individual needs.
  • Free book lockers which can be allocated for the duration of your course.
  • Free photocopying and printing is available via the Reprographics department for LSE students who have been referred by the Disability and Wellbeing Service.
  • A Buddy service which provides you with a designated member of staff who will advise and assist you throughout your time at LSE.


For further information, email us

Other useful services

Need IT help? Contact Tech Support

For all IT queries you should contact Tech Support.

If you need to access their support in-person, visit the Tech Support desk just before the Library turnstiles.

Opening hours:

  • 11am to 3pm, Monday to Friday 

You can also check the LSE IT FAQ.

Visit the LSE LIFE reception

The LSE LIFE reception desk is open Monday to Friday, 11am to 3pm.

Come along if you’d like to know more about how LSE LIFE works, how you can arrange a one-to-one appointment or join a workshop, or how we can help you with your studies. 

You must pick-up an access token and sign in and out when visiting.

View the LSE LIFE website.

Using other libraries

Libraries in London

There are many libraries in London that you can use.

Two of the most useful to LSE students and staff are: 

Senate House Library

  • Central library for the University of London
  • LSE members can borrow books 
  • Full access to electronic resources
  • Use study space and facilities                                        

Where is it?

Apply for access


British Library

  • National Library of the UK
  • Anyone can visit but borrowing is not possible 
  • View rare and unique collections
  • Visit exhibitions and events 

Where is it?

Apply for access


There are many specialist libraries across London covering a wide range of subjects. Contact your librarian for advice about specialist libraries which may be ideal for you. 

Other libraries in the UK

LSE staff and students can sign up to a scheme to use many libraries across the UK.

  • Search the libraries you can access using SCONUL Access.
  • Plan your visit and your requirements with the host library.

Can I borrow?

Under SCONUL Access, borrowing is available to staff, research students, and part-time students. Taught course students can mostly only use the scheme for reference access.

LSE Library has a separate agreement with SOAS allowing MSc students to borrow.

Search other libraries collections

Search across major UK research libraries collections using Library Hub Discover and identify where material you need is located. Ask Library staff if you need assistance accessing material. 

It is also possible to use Interlending services, or request LSE purchases material by filling in the Recommend material form.


If you can't find the information you need, please get in touch.

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