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Inter-Library Loans

LSE staff and students can use the Inter-Library Loans service if the material needed for your research is not held by the Library.

This is a free service which allows you to borrow material from libraries across the world, giving you access to a diverse range of material including: 

  • Books
  • Journal Articles
  • Theses

To request an Inter-Library loan:

  1. Find out as much as possible about the material. The most important details are the title and author of the material
  2. From Library Search, select Interlending at the top of the screen to access the interlending request form. Sign in with your LSE username and password. 
  3. Select Book or Article and complete the key details.
  4. Monitor the progress of your interlending request through your Library account on  Library Search

Once the material has arrived you will receive an email either directing you to download the material or collect it from the Library service counter.

Journal articles

  • Most journal articles are now supplied electronically. 
  • You will need to register to download articles supplied by the British Library. You will be sent an email containing a link via which you can download the article and instructions on how to do this. You will only need to do register once.  
  • If the Library receives a paper copy of the article it will be held at the  service counter to be collected.

Please note that you may only request one article from an issue of a journal.

If you need more than one article from an issue of a journal you will have to request the whole issue. 

UK PhD theses

LSE is part of the British Library's ETHOS Service which gives you access to UK theses.

If the UK thesis you need has not been digitised you can request this through the Inter-Library Loans service using the Interlending request form for books on Library Search. Once the request has been placed there can be a long wait as copyright permission needs to be obtained. When the thesis has been digitised it will be available through the EThOS website. You will need to register with the British Library to access EThOS theses.

Foreign theses

LSE subscribes to ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global where you can access many theses from around the world. 

If the thesis you need has not been digitised you can request this through the inter library loan service using the Interlending request form for books on Library Search. 

A paper copy will arrive and a digital copy may be available a few weeks later.

There may be a long wait for foreign theses due to copyright permission needing to be obtained.

Information for external libraries requesting our material 

Lending Policy in brief

We do not lend serials but may lend books with the location Main Collection, Government Publications or Intergovernmental Organisations. We may be able to supply photocopies of journal articles.

Please note that we are offering a limited service as a library of last resort. Requests from libraries within the UK will be considered and libraries outside the UK who have an account with the British Library (with a billing and location code) will be considered. We are not currently providing this service to libraries from the rest of the world. If you are unable to obtain the material from other locations, please place “library of last resort” in the title of your request and email library.idd@lse.ac.uk providing the following information:

  • Your British Library Billing Code
  • Request reference
  • Your request details (Title, Author etc.)
  • Your British Library Location Code

Conditions of loan

Items are loaned for up to 6 weeks. All loans are subject to recall. To renew items please email library.idd@lse.ac.uk.

Lending fees

We charge current British Library prices.