University of Bath

Help with requesting and accessing electronic Inter-Library Loans

Guidance and advice for users requesting and accessing Inter-Library Loan requests online via the University of Bath Inter-Library Loans service.

Registration for electronic delivery from the British Library

Inter-Library loan journal articles and book chapters can be delivered, direct to your desktop, via the British Library’s DRM Lite system. In order to access DRM Lite files you will need to complete a simple one off registration with the British Library’s On Demand Service. Please read on for more details.

  1. Register with the British Library’s On Demand service.
  2. Follow the Don’t have a British Library Online Account Yet? link
  3. Complete the registration form please use your University of Bath email address.
  4. You will be asked to register a username and password. Important: usernames containing the ‘@’ symbol can cause documents to fail to open. Please do not create usernames containing the ‘@’ symbol.
  5. You will receive an email asking you to verify your account – you should follow the verification process contained within that email.
  6. You will receive an email confirming your registration – you do not need to forward this email to us.
  7. You are now able to open DRM Lite files using your British Library username and password.

Accessing electronic Inter-Library Loan requests online

You will need access to the internet. You will need Adobe Reader 10 or later installed on your device and set as the default program for opening pdfs. If your browser has an inbuilt PDF viewer (e.g., Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome) you will need to disable it before you can read the document.

To disable the PDF viewer in Google Chrome type chrome://settings/content/pdfDocuments into Chrome’s address bar and turn on “Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome”

To disable the PDF viewer in Microsoft Edge (Windows 10): - Click on the Windows button in the bottom left of the screen. - Click on the Settings icon (cog). - Select System> Default Apps> Choose default applications by file type. - Scroll down the very long list until you get to .PDF. - Click on the application name to the right. Windows will display a list of possible options. - Choose Adobe Reader.

  You will receive an email from the British Library to your University of Bath email account notifying you that your article is ready to download.

If you are registered for On Demand and the system recognises your email address, you will be prompted to Download your document.

If you are registered for On Demand and the system does not recognise your email address, you will be prompted to enter your On Demand Username or registered email address before you click Download your document. - Click on the “Click to download your document” button and save the file to your preferred location. - Once the file has been saved open it in Adobe Reader. - You will then be prompted to authenticate the document with your British Library username and password.

You are strongly recommend to print a copy for future reference.

Frequently asked questions

What is DRM Lite?

DRM Lite is a digital rights management system which enables you to receive secure encrypted documents from the British Library.

What happens if I place a request and I haven’t registered with On Demand?

If you haven’t registered and you receive an electronic file from the British Library, you will be prompted to register at that point. You must register with British Library in order to open the file.

Who doesn’t need to register?

Our external and alumni members do not need to register with the British Library.

What happens if I forget my British Library username and password?

The British Library maintains your registration details. You can request your username and password here.

Will all my requests of journal articles and book chapters be delivered via this method?

Only requests fulfilled by the British Library will be delivered by the DRM Lite. Other lending libraries may still deliver paper copies.

I have completed the registration process but my username and password are not recognised.

It can take a few moments for your registration details to be entered into the British Library’s system. Please wait five minutes and try again.

How many times can I print the document?

Due to copyright restrictions, you may only print one copy. No further copies may be made.

What should I do if I used an ‘@’ symbol in my username and can’t access my DRM Lite file?

You should contact the British Library’s Customer Services team on 01937 546052. The British Library will be able to offer guidance on resetting your username.