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LSE Library holds around 2.5km of archive material, mainly dating from the late 19th century onwards. Such material consists of over 1500 separate collections, ranging in size from a folder to hundreds of boxes of documents. The collections cover a wide variety of topics supporting research across the social sciences. The Library's archives can be accessed via the Reading Room.

This online catalogue contains collection-level descriptions relating to almost all of our holdings. In addition, many collections have been listed in more detail.

Use the search box (top right) to search across titles and descriptions in the catalogue. For more advanced searches, including searches for particular persons/organisations and places, you can use the search options in the left menu. You can find more information about searching the catalogue on "How do I search the database?" In addition, there is a Glossary explaining some of the archival terms.

Information about digitised written documents available via this catalogue is on the Showcase page.

The Image Gallery highlights those collections which contain visual material, such as photographs and posters.

Other special collections are available to view in the Reading Room, including the Library's rare books and historic pamphlets (which are listed on Library Search), and material from The Women's Library @ LSE (listed separately).

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