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Guidelines to using the DRM Lite software

The British Library DRM Lite service

The Brynmor Jones Library provides copies of British Library Secure Electronic Delivery (SED) journal articles and book chapters via the British Library DRM Lite service.


The British Library’s DRM Lite service has the following advantages;

  • It provides secure, encrypted inter library loan documents via email

  • Instead of documents being locked to a particular PC they are linked to personal accounts.  This has the advantage of meaning that a document can be viewed from any fixed PC or mobile device.


How your document will be delivered

A link to the document download page will be sent to your University email address by the British Library.

What you need to be aware of:

  • Be sure to check your email regularly. Documents will only be stored on the server at the British Library for 30 days, so you need to save or print them before this time runs out.

  • Once you've opened your document, you can save multiple copies of the document to different devices, and can print one copy.

  • Save your document otherwise access will cease after 30 days.  Once saved, you should have access to it for three years from the date of supply. 

  • The document is encrypted so it's not possible to add notes or comments.

  • Providing you have internet access you will be able to view your document anywhere, just enter your On Demand username and password when asked.

  • Once you have opened a document with your username and password, it is locked to your account, and you will need to enter the username and password each time you want to open the document.

  • You might like to use the test link on the British Library download page, to check first whether you will be able to download, access and print the document.

Registering for a British Library On Demand account

Please register for an On Demand account to set up your personal access to the British Library's Service - this only needs to be done once.

Please note that you will not be able to access your requested book chapters and articles without registering for an account.

How to register for a British Library On Demand account

  • Go to British Library On Demand
  • Select Register in the top right hand corner, and follow the instructions for registering an account.
  • You'll need to provide information such as your address and phone number. If you don't want to give your address, you may use the University's address instead.
  • You will need your account username and password to log in and access your documents, so keep the details safe.
  • Do not use the @ symbol in your username, as this can cause documents to fail to open.
  • If you receive an automated confirmation email from the British Library, which asks if you want to link your account to your institution's account - please ignore it. You don't need to do this to receive electronic documents.
  • There's a 15 minute delay between registration and the account becoming active, so if you can't access your document the first time, try again a bit later.
  • This username and password will be used to open all your future documents, enabling you to view them on any device with internet access and Adobe Acrobat Reader.