API Integration


We’re working with library services providers to give you all the benefits of online ordering, seamlessly integrated into your systems

The On Demand API allows customers and suppliers of library management systems to embed our services directly into their workflows. Customers can manage and track their orders through our simple and flexible account administration facility. Organisations can give their researchers as much or as little control as they need with a range of ordering and mediation options.

Ask your Library Management System provider about integration with On Demand.

Up-to-date information

Integration with British Library on Demand keeps you in control. With real-time availability and price information, if we can’t supply something, you'll know instantly and can move on with your search. Once you’ve ordered, you can keep an eye on how everything is progressing with tracking from purchase to delivery.


Integration with British Library on Demand dramatically reduces issues with incomplete or incorrect information from end-users. Our Automatch function makes sense of even the trickiest citations. It can return the correct result with very little data and easily deals with mistakes, enabling you to get your researchers the resources they need faster.

More about On Demand


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Public good

Information and specialist On Demand services for UK public sector organisations and charities


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

Inter Library Loans

Inter Library Loans (ILL) is a service whereby a user of a library can borrow items from another library.

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

News stories

RMS collection embargo

8 March 2022

We're enhancing our storage facilities in Boston Spa and some of our collections are being moved to enable this work. As a result, some of the items you requested might not be available while they're being moved.