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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

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

                                                                                                                                    Find out by collection which floor material is on or how to access it if it is in storage : 

                                                                                                                                    All Course Collection books are located on the 1st floor
                                                                                                                                    Course Collection books A-Z             1st floor
                                                                                                                                    A table to show which floor you will find Main Collection classmarks on.
                                                                                                                                    Main Collection 
                                                                                                                                     Books Floor
                                                                                                                                     A to HA  3rd
                                                                                                                                     HB to JV  2nd
                                                                                                                                     JX to Z  1st
                                                                                                                                    Journals Floor
                                                                                                                                    A to JZ 3rd
                                                                                                                                    K to Z 2nd
                                                                                                                                    Other collectionsHow to accessWhen can I get it? 
                                                                                                                                    Offsite store Request by email* or visit the 4th floor reading room 2+ days Find out more
                                                                                                                                    Store Request by email* or visit the 4th floor reading room On the day** Find out more
                                                                                                                                    LSE and The Women's Library Archives Request by email* or visit the 4th floor reading room Find out more 

                                                                                                                                    *Email requests take 2 working days to process.

                                                                                                                                    **Monday to Friday with the last fetch at 2.45pm each day. 

                                                                                                                                    Library floor plans

                                                                                                                                    View the collections and spaces available to you on the Library floor plans [PDF].

                                                                                                                                    Library store collections

                                                                                                                                    Certain collections are located in on-site closed storage. 

                                                                                                                                    Items can be identified through Library Search and include:

                                                                                                                                    • Russian collection
                                                                                                                                    • IGO reports
                                                                                                                                    • UK Government publications
                                                                                                                                    • Microform and microfilm
                                                                                                                                    • Historical newspapers
                                                                                                                                    • Pamphlets (e.g.COLL.P. CHAT)
                                                                                                                                    • LSE PhD theses

                                                                                                                                    Requesting material from store and archive collections

                                                                                                                                    Complete a form in the 4th floor reading room or email us your requirements. Email requests take 2 working days for us to process. 

                                                                                                                                    These are the times we collect requested material for you. Monday - Friday only:

                                                                                                                                    • 10.45am
                                                                                                                                    • 12.45pm
                                                                                                                                    •  2.45pm

                                                                                                                                    Between 60 - 70 minutes later you can consult the requested material in the 4th floor reading room.

                                                                                                                                    • We hold items until the reading room closes (Monday - Friday 5pm, 6pm on Saturdays during term time), or the date you enter on the request form.
                                                                                                                                    • A lot of material cannot be taken out of the reading room.
                                                                                                                                    • Return material to the reading room desk before it closes.
                                                                                                                                    • Items can be held for further use. 

                                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                    Requesting material from offsite storage

                                                                                                                                    • Complete a form in the 4th floor reading room or email us your requirements.
                                                                                                                                    • We will request items 3 times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Requests must be submitted by 2pm. Items are normally delivered in 2 working days and are held for 2 weeks.
                                                                                                                                    • Reserve Books can be loaned by members with borrower accounts. Reference pass holders may consult reserve books in the 4th floor reading room. Reserve Journals are reference only for all members.

                                                                                                                                    Get further help

                                                                                                                                    If you need any further help then please contact us or visit one of the service desks. Staff are available during office hours to help you find material or answer any other queries you have.