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Document Supply and Publishers

The British Library distributes over £3 million in royalty payments each year to rights holders and publishers.

We currently have partnerships with over 70 publishers and welcome approaches from new publishers.

A direct licence with the British Library opens up new distribution channels for publishers.  The Library currently has over 13,000 customers who use the Library's document supply service BLDSS as a one-stop shop to acquire content. Articles are sourced from the Library's print collection or from our electronic resources and made available either electronically or posted to the customer.

Current royalty payments are paid either direct to publishers, via the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) or via the publisher's local collecting society such as the Copyright Clearance Center in the USA. A direct licence allows the Library to pay fees direct to the publisher on a quarterly basis alongside detailed reporting of the copies supplied.

Examples of publishers we have partnerships with:

  • American College of Physicians
  • Bentham Science Publishers
  • Cambridge University Press
  • East View Information Services
  • The Electrochemical Society
  • European Respiratory Society
  • Elsevier
  • Future Science Group
  • IEEE
  • Inderscience Publishers
  • Informa Healthcare
  • Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers
  • Nature Publishing Group
  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Springer Verlag
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Wiley

The Library has 2 types of document supply licence that we would encourage publishers to sign:

  • Copyright Fee Paid Service - this service offers individuals and commercial organisations the ability to order articles from the British Library.
  • International Non-Commercial Document Supply (INCD) Service - this service offers overseas non-commercial individuals in the education sector the ability to order articles via the not-for-profit library to which they are affiliated.

For further information contact:

Additional Resources:

Copyright, Fair Dealing and Library Privilege

Digitisation Services for Publishers

British Library Document Supply Service (BLDSS)

International Non-Commercial Document Supply