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
when 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

Holidays are coming - British Library On Demand Christmas Opening Times

1 December 2016

The British Library’s site in Boston Spa, Yorkshire will be closed from Saturday 24 December to Wednesday 28 December inclusive and on Monday 2 January.

The British Library at London Info International 2016

24 November 2016

The British Library will be exhibiting at London Info International at the ExCel, London on 6-7 December 2016.

Join the nearly 500 customers now using DRM Lite

2 December 2016

DRM Lite was launched one year ago and provides an improved user experience.

Satisfaction with On Demand is on the up

1 December 2016

The overall satisfaction level for the On Demand document supply service was an impressive 92%.

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.