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Inter-library loan delivery – University of Reading

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Inter-library loan delivery


We will notify you by email when books you have requested are ready to collect. Collect the book from the Welcome Desk on the Ground Floor of the Library.

If you are unable to collect your inter-library loan yourself it is possible for someone to collect it on your behalf - please supply them with your Campus/Library Card and a letter or email authorising them to collect your item.

Some items may not be borrowed and must be consulted in the Library.

Journal articles

Journal articles will normally be sent by Secure Electronic Delivery (see below.) If the British Library are unable to supply your item by Secure Electronic Delivery, a photocopy will be sent either to your home or Departmental address. You can choose your preferred mode of delivery on the request form.

Secure Electronic Delivery (SED)

The British Library supplies the majority of all articles ordered via inter-library loan. The majority of these can now be delivered to you by email as Secure Electronic Deliveries (SED).

Using SED - key steps

1. Request your article

Fill in the article details on the inter-library loan request form and choose Secure Electronic Delivery (SED) under delivery method

2. Install Adobe Reader

You need to have Adobe Reader version 10 or above. If you don't already have it, you can Download the latest Adobe Reader for free

3. Register for an account with BL On Demand

Visit BL On Demand to register for your account

4. Download your SED

You should receive an email from Click on the link in the email to download your SED. You will be prompted to enter your BL On Demand account email address then your username and password.

Please note! Any requests placed before 31 May 2016 were delivered in the FileOpen format - see our instructions for help with downloading

Watch a video on downloading your SED

If you are unable to view this video on YouTube it is also available on Stream - view the Downloading your SED video on Stream (University username and password required)

Important notes on SED

  • Documents must be downloaded within 30 days of the email
  • Save your PDF - once saved you will have access for 3 years
  • Each time you open the PDF you need an internet connection and your BL On Demand username and password
  • You may print your document once only


Try looking at our Secure Electronic Delivery FAQs.

If you need further help please contact the contact the Inter-Library Loans team.

It is useful if you can forward us the email you received from British Library containing the link to your document.

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