From 1st June 2018, the Inter Library Loans team introduced a new service for receiving articles electronically, called DRM Lite.
The British Library’s DRM Lite service is an electronic delivery method that allows the British Library to supply securely encrypted documents and ensure the item is used only as permitted by the rights holder. Users will need to register, with a username and password, for the On Demand service to access documents.
DRM Lite will only be available for articles that the British Library supplies. If another library supplies the article, this will still need to be picked up from the Help Desk.
Before 1st June 2018, the way of accessing Inter Library Loan articles meant that your document could only be opened and saved onto one computer, using Adobe reader and a plugin called File Open.
The benefits of the new and improved service include:
- The documents will be locked to the user rather than a machine - so if your computer breaks down you will still have access (via the retained email or saved document) for up to three years, depending on the publisher
- Documents will be able to be viewed on mobile devices and tablets
- There will be no need to download extra software (like plugins), however you will need Adobe Reader 10 or above
The Inter Library Loans team hopes that you will enjoy using the new and improved service. If you have any questions or want further information please see the new service FAQs.