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From healthcare to history, law to literature, get the content you need with On Demand

Through On Demand you can access around 87.5 million items in the British Library's collection and much more through publisher agreements. This includes:

  • 3 million monographs
  • 296,000 international journal titles, with over 13 million articles available to download immediately
  • Doctoral theses and dissertations
  • 5 million research reports and official publications, with strengths in British, US Federal Agency and international agency publications
  • 400,000 conference papers and proceedings
  • 130,000 music scores covering reprints of medieval manuscripts to the latest pop hits.

Our service is supported by a wide range of third-party agreements which allow us to source electronic articles immediately from publisher websites.  Our content and agreements cover the journals of 80 publishers, including:

  • American Institute of Physics
  • BMJ Publishing Group
  • Elsevier
  • Emerald
  • Karger
  • MIT Press
  • Nature Publishing Group
  • Oxford University Press
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Sage
  • Science Reviews
  • Springer
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Wiley
  • Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • World Scientific

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