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.

Click on this link to find the application form


Membership is free. it is five days notice for applications to be processed

The opening hours of TWL@LSE are as follows

  • Mondays – Fridays: 10.30am-5pm
  • Saturdays: By appointment, term-time only
  • Sundays: Closed

Access to the main LSE Library will be restricted during the examination period from Monday 30 March to Sunday 7 June 2015 inclusive, but provision will be made for visitors wishing to consult archives and other special collections.

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.

At present TWL Reading Room is not crowded but 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.  Search The Women’s Library @ LSE archives catalogue| in order to locate the materials you want, and the correct details, shelfmarks etc. for your orders.  Search the main archives catalogue| for information about other archive collections at LSE, which can also be consulted in TWL Reading Room.  Use Library Search|  for information about all TWL and LSE printed books, journals and pamphlets.

You will find the Open Shelf Access materials on the 3rd floor of the main Library building.

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.

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 material – you can request up to 3 items – must be requested in advance as staff cannot access the archive store on a Saturday.

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.