The British Library's document supply service

British Library On Demand is the improved document supply service from
the British Library. We scan and send chapters and articles 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

Commercial

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

Partners

On Demand partners with publishers, rights organisations and others to bring you a better service

Content

The largest physical collection in the world available to you and millions more items to download

News stories

British Library On Demand opening hours for May Spring Bank holiday

9 May 2018

The UK’s May spring bank holiday is Monday 28 May this year, so most On Demand services will stop from 02.00 on 26 May to when we re-open at 08.00 on 29 May

FileOpen Document Delivery software is to be withdrawn

14 March 2018

The FileOpen encryption option is being withdrawn on 1 June 2018 to provide you with a more streamlined and efficient service while retaining delivery options which do not require additional plug-ins.

A third full Customer Service Excellence Accreditation at the British Library

19 January 2018

British Library Customer Services, Document Delivery and Digitisation Services North have been accredited with the full Customer Services Excellence award.

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.