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Inter-Library Loans: Using the British Library On Demand service

A guide to our Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service

On the 30th June 2017 the British Library will be closing down the existing service for delivery of electronic items, for example journal articles,  requested as ILLs. Currently they are supplied as TIF images to the Library and then forwarded on to the requestor's QMU email address. This system will be replaced on 1st July by British Library On Demand. This change is to enable the British Library to enable digital rights management on the electronic documents they supply. As a result, requestors will need to open an account with BL On Demand. This can be done on receipt of the first document requested under the new service. 

All ILL requests will continue to be made in the usual way, it is just the delivery method of electronic items which is changing.

How to register with BLOD to create an account

The process is quick and simple and you only need to do it once.

You should place your ILL for a journal article or book chapter via the Library website in the usual manner.

When the QMU Library has received the email from BLOD containing the link to your document it will forward this to your QMU email address.  

  1. Click the BLOD link within the email to start your registration
  2. Click the Register button
  3. Complete the form, providing your QMU email address (ending with @qmu.ac.uk). It is recommended that when creating a username you do not include the "@" symbol in it as this can this can cause documents to fail to open. QMU Library recommends that you use your QMU staff or students ID as your username.
  4. The British Library will send then you an email to activate your account. Follow the instructions in the email. It is important that you wait for this email and activate your account. You will not be able to use your account until you do so.
  5. Login to your account when prompted, add additional information as required, agree with the terms and conditions and finish your registration.
  6. You will receive a message from the British Library confirming your registration. The email will ask you "If you work or study at an institution which has an existing Business Account with On Demand...". QMU does have such an account and you do not need to forward this email to the LRC.