The British Library's relaunched document supply service

British Library On Demand is the new and improved document supply service from
the British Library. We scan and send items from our collections so you can have them
and where you need them and we provide access to vast stores of digital content. 

Search and order from over 42 million items right now or find out more about what
British Library On Demand can do for you or your organisation.

For scans and photographs of the British Library's historic collections please use
our Imaging Services.

What you need to know


Power your business with cutting edge research direct from the British Library

Public good

Information and specialist On Demand services for UK public sector organisations and charities


On Demand partners with publishers, rights organisations and others to bring you a better service


The largest physical collection in the world available to you and millions more items to download

News stories

British Library On Demand closures over the Christmas period

2 December 2015

We will stop processing new orders from 02.30 on Thursday 24 December to 08.00 on Tuesday 29 December and then from 15.00 on 31 Thursday December to 08.00 on Monday 4 January.

British Library On Demand is now on Twitter

2 December 2015

Follow @ondemandBL for all the latest news and service updates from On Demand.

Over 300 On Demand customers have switched to our new DRM solution

7 December 2015

On Demand's new DRM solution, DRM Lite, allows customers to open their orders on any device with no plug-ins

Over 50 universities are now benefiting from our Enhanced Higher Education Supply Service

7 December 2015

In partnership with the CLA, British Library On Demand provides students with seamless access to content through their course packs and reading lists

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

…British Library On Demand is a major pillar in our strategy, without it we couldn’t provide the service we do…

For the University of Sheffield, British Library On Demand does more than just supply articles. Their relationship with the British Library enables them to come good on their core promise to students and researchers.