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 closures over Christmas and New Year

10 December 2019

The British Library in Boston Spa will be closed over Christmas and New Year impacting some of our services such as the Reading Room, On Demand and Customer Services

Change in price to the CLA default Copyright fee

2 December 2019

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) default copyright fee will be rising from £17.50 to £20.00 on 1 January 2020.

We've updated our DRM Lite Guidelines

30 October 2019

We’ve updated our DRM Lite Guidelines to give you a better experience when using British Library On Demand.

Case studies

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…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.