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Requesting PDFs - British Library On Demand

If you are requesting a copy of a journal article, book chapter, conference paper or similar, it may be possible for us to arrange it to be supplied as a PDF.  This service is provided by British Library On Demand.  This webpage describes how this service works.

In order to get access to the first PDF that you request, you must register yourself with BL On Demand and set up an online account, with its own username and password. You will only need to do this once: you will then be able to get access to any PDF that you request subsequently using your existing BL On Demand account.

If you have forgotten your username or password for BL On Demand, you can find help here.

These instructions cover the whole process of registration with BL On Demand and downloading PDFs supplied by it. If you are already registered you need only follow the download instructions (13-17) below.

Requesting a PDF

1) Request your document in the normal way using the Interlibrary Loan online request form. Indicate clearly on the form that you want the document to be supplied as a PDF, and not as a photocopy.

2) When your PDF is available a member of University Library staff will send you an e-mail with a hyperlink to the PDF.

Click on this hyperlink.

Registering yourself with BL On Demand

3) You will be directed to a webpage where you can download your PDF.

But if this is the first PDF that you have requested, you must register yourself with BL On Demand first. Click Register for On Demand.

4) You will be directed the BL On Demand account registration webpage.

Click the Register button (bottom right).

5) You will be directed to a webpage where you can enter your details and create a username and password.

You should use your Loughborough University e-mail address for your BL On Demand account, since this is where your PDF notification e-mails will be forwarded to. When you have completed the form, click the Register button (bottom right).

6) You will be directed to a webpage confirming the creation of your BL On Demand account.

Click the OK button. A confirmation e-mail will now be sent to your Loughborough University e-mail address.

7) The confirmation e-mail will now be in your Loughborough University e-mail inbox.

Click on the hyperlink in this e-mail to activate your BL On Demand account.

8) You will be directed to a webpage where you can log in to your BL On Demand account.

Enter the username and password that you created at stage (5). Click the Login button.

9) You will be directed to a webpage where you can customize your BL On Demand account.

You should check that your details are correct and specify what sort of user you are. Click the Register button (bottom right).

10) You will be directed to a webpage where you can read and accept the terms and conditions of BL On Demand.

When you have done so, tick the tick box and click the Finish button. You have now finished registering yourself with BL On Demand.

11) You will be directed to the BL On Demand homepage.

There is no immediate reason for this, so close the tab, and return to your Loughborough University e-mail inbox.

12) A second confirmation e-mail will now be in your Loughborough University e-mail inbox.

There is no need to take any action concerning this.

Downloading your PDF

13) You must use Adobe Reader X or newer to download your PDF. This means that, if you are using Google Chrome as your web browser, you must disable Chrome PDF Viewer. Open a new tab, type chrome://plugins/ into the address bar and press the Return key.

Under Chrome PDF Viewer, click Disable and close the tab.

14) Return to the webpage at stage (3).

Click the button marked Click to download your document.

15) The PDF will be downloaded.

Open the PDF.

16) You will be prompted for a username and password.

Enter the username and password that you created at stage (5). Click OK.

17) You will be asked whether you wish to view the PDF offline.

Read this text carefully and click whichever button applies to you.

Your PDF will now open. You will be able to print out one copy of this PDF for your own personal use. More information on how you can reuse your PDF is available from BL On Demand.

If you have forgotten your username or password for BL On Demand, you can find help here.

If you have any other questions about using BL On Demand, please e-mail interloans@lboro.ac.uk.

Please note that Loughborough University Library will accept no responsibility for any order, contract or other arrangement that you make privately with the British Library; nor will Loughborough University Library reimburse you for the cost of any such order, contract or other arrangement.

 

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