API integration improves the On Demand experience

Technological integration

Customers whose Library Management System has been integrated with the British Library API are finding many benefits over the previous integration via ARTEmail.

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The On Demand API allows suppliers of Library Managements Systems (LMS) to embed our services directly into their workflows.

Integration with On Demand keeps you in control.  Once you have placed an order you can keep an eye on how everything is progressing with full tracking, from up front pricing at point of purchase, to delivery.  With real-time availability, if we can’t supply something, you will know instantly and can move on with your search.  

Searching, matching and availability checking can all be done within your existing workflow.  Additionally, problems may be reported, loans renewed and waiting list items cancelled without contacting the British Library outside of your LMS.  In effect the full functionality of our On Demand online service is available to you within your existing system.

How can you use On Demand API?

To get the full benefits of the On Demand API your LMS will need to integrate with the On Demand API.  We have been working with the major LMS providers since 2012 and they should be familiar with the development required.  Contact your provider to check the status of their development.  If your LMS provider has already integrated with our API, we recommend that you ask to move from ARTEmail ordering to the API as soon as possible.  British Library Customer Services will be on hand to help you and your LMS provider migrate your ordering to the API.

News stories

British Library On Demand prices will be changing in August

9 June 2016

Pricing for British Library On Demand for 2016/17 will be introduced in August and is now on our pricing pages

API integration improves the On Demand experience

23 May 2017

Join the growing number of customers benefiting from improvements to the automated requesting process that the British Library On Demand API brings.

Ariel Document Delivery software to be withdrawn

13 April 2017

As of 30 June 2017, Ariel is being retired, British Library On Demand customers will be able to use DRM Lite for document delivery

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Case studies

…Working with the British Library has been the best co-operative development I’ve ever experienced…

Jennifer Perkins from Clio tells us why her customers have seen a 75% reduction in failed requests since they integrated their Interlibrary Loans software with British Library On Demand