Take down policy


Requesting material to be taken down

LSE Library acknowledges that sometimes situations arise that require us to reconsider our decision to publish or reproduce an item from our collection. Items may be in breach of copyright laws, contain sensitive personal data, or include content that may be regarded as obscene or defamatory.

When these situations are brought to our attention, we will follow the procedure set out below to reconsider our position.

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.
  • Outline of complaint.
  • If your request is associated with copyright issues, please send 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. In case of a breach of security or data subject rights LSE will consider compensation for damage and/or distress.

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.