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

Old British Library On Demand ordering interface to be switched off soon

28 September 2015

Following positive feedback about the new British Library On Demand ordering interface, it will become the only route for online ordering from 29 October.

Open On Demand orders without plug-ins

17 June 2015

On Demand's new DRM solution, DRM Lite, allows customers to open their orders on any device

Almost half of On Demand orders now supplied direct from digital

17 June 2015

More electronic content and publisher agreements mean On Demand now supplies 45% of orders direct from digital

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.