Be more efficient and environmentally friendly when using On Demand

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By switching from paper to digital deliveries when receiving your British Library On Demand documents you will not only receive your items more promptly, but you will be more environmentally friendly.

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Digital delivery allows the same access to materials while using software that doesn’t require plug-ins. This has been shown to make the user experience much more friendly and efficient.

Our recommended digital delivery format DRM Lite allows users to download content without installing third party software. Documents may be accessed for up to three years on multiple devices including laptops, tablets and smartphones offering a fully mobile delivery solution.

Moving away from paper deliveries will also allow the British Library to continue to improve its social responsibility and minimize environmental impact by reducing the amount of paper and plastic packaging currently used with postal delivery. The British Library is continuously looking at ways to be more environmentally friendly and we will provide updates as we make improvements.

To request digital delivery of articles, select the relevant delivery method via the On Demand screens or replace the PHOTO code with SED99 when using ARTEmail.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further assistance or more information regarding these changes. 


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.

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26 May 2020

To keep our users and all our staff safe and healthy we’ve taken the decision to close our physical sites in London and Boston Spa for the time being, and suspend our public events.

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19 March 2020

Our Reading Rooms and public spaces may be closed for the time being but over the coming weeks we will continue to offer as many online services as we possibly can so that the British Library remains open to everyone, wherever you are in the world. And we will be working hard to maintain this access during these unprecedented times.