Using the Women’s Library

Thanks to Covid-19, LSE Library is at the time of writing accessible only to LSE staff and students, and TWL is closed even to them.  However, if you go online to https://digital.library.lse.ac.uk/ and click through the ‘Browse’ section, alighting on the image for ‘Women’s Rights’ you will find that a large range of organisational reports, minutes, pamphlets, newspapers and journals has been digitised, with material covering much more than suffrage.  Much of this digitisation programme has benefited from Friends of TWL funding.  In addition, LSE has digitised a number of TWL’s rare books, Beatrice Webb’s diaries and the records of the Fabian Society.  Good hunting!

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 

 

LSE Library new online archives catalogue

Our new online archives catalogue is now available at https://archives.lse.ac.uk. It includes the catalogue for The Women’s Library archives and museum collections, alongside all our other archives collections. Researchers can choose to focus their search on The Women’s Library collections using the ‘Discrete Collections’ filter in Advanced Search, or to search across the collections in their entirety.
It also features:
·       a streamlined search interface, developed in line with user feedback
·       new guidance on searching the catalogue
·       updated ‘about the catalogue’ information, to make it clearer what the catalogue does and       it doesn’t cover. Thank you to those Friends who took part in focus groups and user testing as part of the enhancement project.

Contact the Library by email on library.enquiries@lse.ac.uk| 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 friendsofthewomenslibrary@gmail.com