Academic support services
The Library The Library (The British Library of Political and Economic Science) is more than a book and journal collection. It also has hundreds of study spaces and IT workstations, laptop points, rooms for group study, video viewing and photocopying facilities. The Library’s Course Collection contains books on your reading lists and the Electronic Library, accessible from workstations right around the School, provides access to an increasing range of publications such as newspapers and journals.
The main stock of the Library covers the social sciences in the widest sense; collections are particularly strong in economics, sociology, political science and the social, economic and international aspects of history. We have rich collections of government publications from nearly all the countries of the world, a wealth of statistical materials, important collections of manuscripts and rare books and long runs of a large number of journals. The School also has a separate collection of general literature and music which is housed in the Shaw Library, a pleasant room in which to read, study, relax and listen to
lunchtime and evening recitals. As an LSE student you will also have access to the libraries of most other colleges of the University of London. To find out more about the Library, visit their website at www.lse.ac.uk/library
Information technology IT facilities on campus
There are around 1,000 PCs available for students to use in open access areas around the School and in the computer classrooms. Over 450 of these PCs are located in the Library, and there is 24-hour PC availability on campus during term-time.
All networked PCs on campus provide access to common desktop applications and specialist software. PCs on campus also provide access to the Library catalogue and a wide range of electronic databases and datasets (eg, census, financial information).
IT facilities in residences
All residences are wired for direct connection to the School network. There are a small number of open access PCs in each residence computer room, which are available 24 hours a day, and students may
use their own computer in their study bedroom or in the wireless zone, located in the social and recreational areas in residences.
Using your own computer
Computer ownership is not obligatory, but if you do bring your own computer, IT Services provides information and help with connecting to the LSE IT environment and accessing services and resources both on campus and off site. On campus, there are over 200 laptop plug-in points in the Library, and laser printing is also available. In addition there is an extensive wireless network from which you can gain access to the internet and email. Off campus, students can connect via the Remote Desktop or a virtual private network (VPN).
For more information see www.lse. ac.uk/itservices
LSE Language Centre The LSE Language Centre is unique
no other centre specialises in
creating courses targeted to the needs of students and practitioners in the field of the social sciences and related areas of study. All the Centre’s teachers are native
speakers who combine extensive teaching experience with an educational background in one or more of the subject specialisms offered at LSE. Whether you are going to study a modern foreign language or need to improve your English for academic purposes, their aim is to provide you with the highest level of language support throughout your studies. All LSE’s language courses utilise the specialist talents of our lecturers who relate their own expertise to the teaching of languages for specific purposes.
Further information can be obtained from the Language Centre website at www.lse.ac.uk/depts/language
Academic guidance As already alluded to, LSE believes that its students are mature, responsible adults who are self- motivated, self-disciplined and capable of guided independent study. As a LSE student you would be largely responsible for organising your own work to keep up with the requirements of your four courses. Anyone who meets our admission standards should have a good idea already of the kind of skills needed; but we find that our students can often use some extra advice. LSE can help in the following ways: