Study space and IT facilities

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The first port of call for a place to study on campus is LSE Library and spaces are available throughout the building – primarily at its quieter perimeters. The majority of the Library’s 2,500 study places are offered on a first-come first-served basis but most 2nd floor spaces are bookable. In the period leading up to and during exams, LSE students can book Library study spaces.  The Library has clearly marked coloured zonal study areas which allow users to work in the way that suits them best, depending on whether they would like to work in silent or group study working areas.

During exam periods study space availability changes, visit the website for more information nearer the time. 

Click on the link to find study rooms, seminar rooms and group meeting space locations and access arrangements (PDF).

Group study spaces

A variety of group study areas are available throughout the School for LSE students to undertake group work. Some are bookable whilst others are available on an open access basis. Where bookable, certain rooms can be in very high demand so groups can generally book a maximum of two hours per day and bookings will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. The open access rooms are not available for pre-booking, but students are encouraged to use them for studying whenever they are free.

Informal learning spaces

Centre Building offers a variety of study spaces, providing opportunities for students to engage in different modes of informal collaborative working, offering the ability to learn and create in a fun and inspiring way. On the ground floor there are quiet study spaces for individual work and small group huddles, nooks suitable for brainstorming ideas and casual meetings further away from the main circulation areas, where you are less likely to be disturbed. Larger group work and more transient interactions are encouraged in the open plan spaces nearer to the café and main entrance. The 1st and 2nd floors offer group working areas, student break out and study zones, which you may find are quieter than the ground floor areas.

Transforming lost space is a critical part of our approach to creating innovative and inspirational learning spaces for students at LSE.

  • There are a number of spaces in CLM central stairwell alcoves (floors 2-7) providing students with unique, creative and innovative areas to study, collaborate, communicate and think.
  • The entrance of KSW has zoned bench and lounge seating, plants, bright colours and power.
  • Comfortable, high backed couches with homely cushions are supported by laptop desks and power to encourage students to engage in conversation or study alone in the corridors outside the 4th floor computer rooms in FAW.
  • Find Recharge spaces with warm lighting, power and wifi on the ground, first, second and third floor at the rear of OLD.
  • The Peacock Theatre’s Dress Circle Bar has comfortable seating and study alcoves, power and wifi.
  • Check the chart for details of study rooms, seminar rooms and group meeting spaces.

Computer facilities for students

There are over 1,000 PCs available for students to use on campus, some of which are available 24 hours a day.  Additional PCs and printing facilities for students with disabilities are available in the Library and PC areas on campus. For full details please see here

iRoam laptops

iRoam, the Macbook Air laptop loan service, allows students to borrow a fully charged laptop for use within the Library building without needing to book in advance. The laptops provide access to h: space, Office software and the internet. Visit iRoam for more details.

Computer classrooms

There are a number of computer classrooms equipped with PCs across campus that are used for class teaching and IT skills training. They are open to any member of the School for their individual work at other times. If you are in a computer room that is required for a class, please leave the room as quickly as possible. If a class is in progress please do not enter unless you are a member of that class. 

Getting help

If you have an IT issue, query or would like to request a new service, please contact the Tech Support:

  • By phone: 0207 107 5000 | x5000 (24hrs)
  • By email: tech.support@lse.ac.uk
  • In person: Tech Support Centre, Library 1st floor

You can also visit the Laptop Surgery for support with personal laptops and mobiles 

For details of the face to face services available in the Tech Support Centre, including opening times, visit DTS web page.

IT support for disabled students

LSE is committed to the provision of facilities and support for disabled students and staff, to ensure equality of access to services. Additional PCs and printing facilities for disabled students are provided in the public computer areas in the Library. We also provide one-to-one support for disabled staff and students who wish to become familiar with adaptive technologies and software. Visit lse.ac.uk/dts/accessibility for more information.

Printing

There are printers in all the student PC areas and PC classrooms. All printing is double-sided by default. There is a charge of 3.5p per A4 side for mono printing and 10p per A4 side for colour printing. To print on any of the student printers at LSE, you will need credit on your printing account. You can add credit in the following ways:

  • online via mobileprint.lse.ac.uk
  • with card at the Print and Copy Helpdesk at the Library 1st floor Walk In Centre
  • with cash or card using one of the cash value loaders or chip and pin devices on campus, find locations here.

You can also print to an LSE printer using your own computer or mobile device. Printing and scanning advice can be found here.

University of London Research Library Services (ULRLS)

LSE students are eligible to use the library services of the University of London – including the extensive collections at Senate House. For more information see the Library website.

WiFi

eduroam is the recommended wireless network (wifi) in use at LSE which allows secure connectivity across campus and in halls of residence.  To get connected enable wifi, scan and select eduroam and then log in using your LSE email address and network password.  

For more information about technology services at LSE, please see here.

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