Abstract LVD is a large volume detector which will be installed in Hall A of the Gran Sasso Laboratory. This detector is 49 m long, 13.2 m high and 12 m wide. It contains 2280 m 3 of scintillator (1800 t) and 1800 t of steel. The geometric acceptance of LVD for an isotropic flux of particles is greater than 7000 m 2 sr. LVD is the ideal detector for detecting a stellar collapse, anywhere in our galaxy; for studying neutrino oscillations; for searching for the supersymmetric decay mode of the proton; and for looking at the boron neutrinos from the sun. LVD is a very competitive detector for detecting astrophysical neutrino emitting point sources, for performing dark matter searches, for studying single muon distributions, for detecting muon bundles and hence determining the primary cosmic ray composition, and for searching for massive monopoles and other ultra heavy particles. LVD is composed of 190 identical modules, of which the first 10% of these modules will installed in 1987.