On Demand - partners

Access the most up-to-date and influential research in the British Library’s collections straight from your laptop, tablet or mobile

Extend your customer base or get access to more content by partnering with On Demand

We partner with publishers, rights organisations and others to bring our customers better services. Information providers receive access to our vast collections for their customers and publishers benefit from our broad and loyal customer base.

Aggregators, resellers and other suppliers can build against our API to give their customers direct access to On Demand on their own platform. Allow your customers to search our collection and get up-front availability and price information all within your own interface. Our Business Development team are always happy to discuss potential development projects with you.


A direct licence with On Demand opens up new distribution channels for publishers.  We have over 13,000 customers who regularly use our services to access content from publishers across the globe.

A direct licence with On Demand means you get royalty fees direct from us on a quarterly basis, along with detailed reports on how your content is being used through our services.

Over 90 publishers have direct licences with On Demand already, to join them contact our Publisher Licensing team. Publishers benefiting from licences with On Demand include:

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

More about On Demand

API Integration

Seamless ordering and account management for organisations


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

Course packs and reading lists

The simple way to create course packs and reading lists for virtual learning environments

News stories

Be more efficient and environmentally friendly when using On Demand

7 December 2018

You can make your On Demand experience more efficient and environmentally friendly with a switch to digital deliveries

On Demand Christmas and New Year Operating Times

7 December 2018

We will not be processing orders from 04.30 on Saturday 22 December to 08.00 on Thursday 27 December and then from 17.00 on Monday 31 December to 08.00 on Wednesday 2 January.

Switch to Electronic Invoicing with British Library On Demand now

5 September 2018

The British Library will be moving to a new Finance system next year and all invoices will be despatched by email.