The British Library's relaunched document supply service

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

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

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

Talis Aspire Digitised Content launches with On Demand

25 June 2015

Join us for a webinar with Talis to learn about ordering British Library content for your reading lists and course packs

A new look for document supply

17 June 2015

The British Library’s Document Supply Service has a new look and name, but what else has changed behind the scenes?

Open On Demand orders without plug-ins

17 June 2015

On Demand's new DRM solution 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.