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Answered By: Mandy Steinberger (Library)
Last Updated: Jan 20, 2017     Views: 165

When requesting journal articles, where possible we will provide you with an electronic version of the article using the Secure Electronic Delivery (SED) service from The British Library.

The Document Delivery request form requires you to provide an email address which we pass to The British Library.  When the SED document is ready for you to download, you will receive an email notification to this address containing a link to the requested material.

If the item cannot be provided electronically, a paper copy will be supplied instead.

SED items - When you receive the email notification from The British Library, before clicking on the item link please be aware of the points below:


  • Once the email notification arrives, you will have 14 days to view the material
  • After this time the link will no longer be live and you will be unable to access the document.
  • Due to copyright regulations, only one copy of the document can be printed and this must be done the first time the document is opened
  • The document cannot be saved electronically
  • You can forward the email notification before you open the link but once opened, you will only be able to view the material on that specific PC
  • If you do not view the material within 14 days, you will have to request the item again via the Document Delivery Service.  

Before printing the document

Ensure that printing is available from your PC before opening the document.

If using library computing facilities, check your printer credit balance before opening the document.

Viewing the document

To read your document you will need Adobe Reader version 4 or above with the FileOpen plug-in installed. You can get the plug-in by visiting http://plugin.fileopen.com.

You can download a test document to check that you can receive FileOpen documents.