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Traditional Document Supply services

For over 40 years the British Library has been the world’s number one Document Supplier. Last year we delivered over 1.6 million documents, within subject areas ranging from scientific, technical and medical knowledge, in many languages.

The British Library owns one of the largest collections in the world devoted to the provision of remote document delivery.  

Accessing the collection 

Order a document

Depending on whether you are an account holder who regularly buys materials from us or just want to purchase on an occasional bases with your credit card, we offer a service to suit all your needs. Order a document

Regular users of Document Supply services

If you regularly use our Document Supply services, we recommend British Library Direct Plus, our new federated discovery tool.

Our latest subscription service, British Library Direct Plus Basic Version allows you to search the British Library, Google Scholar and Pubmed Central database from one, easy-to-use interface. It also allows you to set up daily weekly or monthly alerts, save references to a Marked List, export to reference management tools and charge full text purchases to a British Library Account or a credit card.

An Advanced Version is also available that allows you to build your own library of searchable resources and access them all from one central interface. 

High Volume use 

Further discounts and enhanced service levels are available for high volume clients, please contact or 020 7412 7931 for details.

Occasional users of Document Supply services

For occasional users of Document Supply services we recommend you use British Library Direct.

British Library Direct is free to search, contains 20,000 of our most popular titles and is one of the most comprehensive research databases in the world. It contains:

  • An index to 20,000 of our most requested journals
  • A five year archive of every title
  • Multidisciplinary coverage, with subjects ranging from astrology to zoology
  • Free bibliographic records and abstracts, where available
  • Automated credit card ordering
  • Immediate PDF downloads for a large proportion of articles 

Customer Help Centre 

Our Customer Help Centre has all the information you need for day to day use of our Document Supply services. You can find out how to open an account, details on pricing and how to place an order.