Joining the Women’s Library

You will need to join LSE Library to visit The Women’s Library Reading Room on the 4th floor of the main Library building.  Membership is free.

Click on this link to find the application form 

The Women’s Library Reading Room is the space for using LSE and The Women’s Library archives and special collections. Read about access to archives and special collections

The opening hours of The Women’s Library Reading Room are as follows

Monday to Friday: 10.30 am to 5pm

Saturday: contact us to make an appointment

TWL is open on Saturdays during term time and the Easter vacation, for pre-booked research visits. If you wish to visit on a Saturday, contact| to reserve a reader space and request materials, no later than 5pm on Wednesday. All materials – you can request up to 3 items – must be requested in advance as staff cannot access the archive store on a Saturday.

Contact the Library by email on| or telephone on 020 7955 7229 to book a reader space, order materials for consultation and ask for any additional information or guidance you need.

Ideally, readers should book a reader space two days in advance of a visit. However, it is certainly best to reserve in advance the materials you wish to consult and raise any queries you have ahead of your visit.

On weekdays items can be requested in person using the fetch service. You can order and use up to 3 items at a time, and place further orders when you are ready for more material. Requests must be submitted by: 10.45am, 12.45pm, or 2.45pm

Materials are delivered to the Reading Room within 75 minutes of these times.  Orders placed after 2.45pm will be included in the next day’s first collection, for delivery by 12noon.

You can request to keep items on hold for up to 3 days but staff recommend you keep a note of your references, and be prepared to re-order items if you return at a later date.

If you would like to view microform items, make contact in advance to reserve one of the microform reader-printers for the day you will be visiting. However, the microforms themselves do not need to be ordered in advance through the document fetching service.

 Already got a Library card?

Just email with the details of when you want to visit and what you want to use.

You can order up to 3 items a minimum of 2 working days in advance of your visit. You can order additional items when you are here.

Not got a Library card?

click here   Join the Library. The application process can take up to 5 working days.

In your application include details of when you want to visit and what you want to use.

Users can take their own digital photographs of items at no cost. However, you must make sure your copying is legal. Copyright guidance is available on the Reading Room desks and on posters.  Cameras must be in silent mode; flash photography and handheld scanners are not permitted


To make a donation to the Friends of The Women’s Library please contact