Library


Enjoy free life-long access to the LSE Library 

Alumni are welcome to use the LSE Library’s printed collections - on a reference basis or to borrow - free of charge. There are also internet-connected PCs allocated to alumni, providing access to certain online journals (remote journal access for alumni is unavailable under current licencing agreements).

Before applying for an alumni card, please be aware of the following:

  • If you have a student Library account, you will need to return any outstanding items on loan. Items  loaned as a student are not transferable to an Alumni account, as a different loan policy applies.
  • If you are graduating this year, your student card will expire on 22 October. Your student card will be cancelled when your alumni card is activated. If you wish to keep your full borrowing entitlements and access to LSE buildings until 22 October, please apply for an alumni card after this date.  
  • For security reasons, cards cannot be posted.  

How to apply for an LSE Alumni Library Card

Alumni can apply for their alumni library card through the following online form. You will need to be logged in to your LSE Alumni account. If you have not yet created an account, please complete New User Registration to create an account. For any registration queries, please contact [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 7955 7361.

If you have any outstanding loans on your Library account, please return these before making your application for an alumni library card. 

You will receive an email from the Library when your card is ready for collection. The process normally takes between 5-10 days. You are able to access the Library while you are waiting for your Alumni card to be processed. Simply present your confirmation email to the Library Enquiries desk, to receive a temporary 5 day pass.

If you have any queries regarding library services or card collection, please contact [email protected] For further information on using the LSE Library, please visit the Library website or email [email protected]

Unfortunately there is no remote journal access for alumni under current licencing agreements, although we are hoping to secure this in the future.

University of London Library: membership for LSE alumni 

Preferential rates are also available for LSE alumni to access the University of London Library. For more information, contact the membership desk on +44 (0)20 7862 8439 or email [email protected]