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Welcome to LSE Library

Getting started essentials

This page highlights some of the most relevant information you'll need starting out.

We want you to get the most out of our Library while you are at LSE. If there is anything we can assist you with, don't hesitate to get in touch.

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Library Getting Started Sessions

Watch an online version of Getting Started

  • We'll be running additional in person sessions in Week 4

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Find your course readings

Find all your essential and background readings in one place.

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How to borrow, renew, return and request books

An absolute Library essential.


Book Library study spaces

We have a range of study spaces designed to meet varying needs.

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Familiarise yourself with our floor plans

Find your way around — ask if you need any help.


Contact our roaming staff

Our team roam the Library 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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Review our Library resources guide

Save time finding the most relevant resources for your studies.

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Explore the training courses available through LSE LIFE

Access a wide range of courses designed to support your studies.

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Get help from Library staff

Our friendly team are always happy to help you use LSE Library. 

Explore some online collections