On Demand - partners

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

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FileOpen Document Delivery software is to be withdrawn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The FileOpen encryption option is being withdrawn on 1 June 2018 to provide you with a more streamlined and efficient service while retaining delivery options which do not require additional plug-ins.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