What is the Digital Library?

The Digital Library is LSE Library's repository of digital items and collections. These items and collections are made available online for anyone who might wish to make use of them for education, research or general interest.

The aims of the Digital Library are as follows:

  • To collect and make available digital material (both digitised and "born-digital") that furthers the collection strategy of LSE Library, and contributes to education and research at LSE and more widely.

  • To preserve that material for the future using state of the art preservation techniques and storage media.

  • To innovate in the way we present and make available our collections to enable new forms of scholarship and learning, and new methods of engagement with LSE Library's unique collections.

  • To share our collections and associated data as widely as possible, using (where appropriate) open licensing, to allow the re-use and re-purposing of these data and materials.

Contact us

LSE Library 10 Portugal Street London WC2A 2HD UK library.enquiries@lse.ac.uk

What does the Digital Library contain?

The Digital Library contains digitised material from the Library's collections and also born-digital material that has been collected and preserved in digital formats. The Digital Library currently contains:

What are the plans for the Digital Library’s future?

Over time we will continue to add material we have digitised, as well as extend the content types we collect to include:

  • Digitised maps, such as the Booth Maps, one of LSE Library’s flagship holdings.

  • Digitised statistical holdings, which we want to turn into openly available datasets for re-use by researchers.

  • Born-digital material, including:

    • Audio and video material.

    • Archived websites that fit LSE Library’s remit to collect material from across the social sciences.

How can I provide feedback or get help?

We want the Digital Library to be a service for teaching, learning and research both inside and outside of LSE. To that end, we encourage feedback about the service and suggestions for collections we might add - please get in touch with us via email.

General statement on intellectual property

LSE Library holds one of the most important collections related to the social sciences in the world, and we are committed to making this material freely available online to the widest possible audience wherever possible. In pursuit of this aim, the Library endeavors to ensure that all of our published material is compliant with intellectual property legislation, normally by making use of a licence or seeking permission from the copyright holder of a piece of work and respecting the moral rights of the author/s.

However, we acknowledge that sometimes situations arise that require us to reconsider our decision to publish or reproduce an item from our collection. When these situations are brought to our attention by the owner or author of a piece of work (“the Rights Holder”), or their representative, we will follow the procedure set out below to reconsider our position and that of the Rights Holder.

Requesting material to be taken down

To contact us about the possible removal of one or more pieces of work, please email library.enquiries@lse.ac.uk or write to us (address below), stating the following:

  • Your contact details, which should include your full name, title if acting on behalf of an organisation, telephone number, email and postal address.

  • The name and/or a description of the work/s.

  • The exact and full URL where you found the material.

  • Evidence that you are the Rights Holder, or authorised representative of the Rights Holder.

Address: Digital Library Manager, LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD

LSE Library's take-down procedure

On receipt of a request to take down one or more pieces of work from its website, LSE Library will suspend as soon as is practicable publication of the material in question to enable it to conduct an investigation and to mitigate any loss to the Rights Holder.

A Review Panel comprising relevant members of staff will then assess the merits of the request. The Panel will normally convey its decision in writing to the Requestor within four weeks. In instances where this deadline cannot be met, perhaps because of the complexity of the case or a need to seek expert advice, the Panel will update the Requestor of its progress and explain the reason for any delays.