Fee-based services

Buying access privately

Anyone can purchase articles from a document supplier using their own credit card. In most instances, delivery is very quick, with articles delivered to your desktop in minutes.

What are the costs involved?

Most services will charge more than the standard fee for articles and book chapters ordered through the Library. Costs vary from provider to provider, so it is useful to shop around.

Before ordering a document from a commercial supplier, please check Search first to ensure that the item is not already available in our collection.

Who are the main suppliers?

Most publisher sites now permit you to buy access to individual articles. There are also suppliers that allow you to search across thousands of journal titles at once. Some of these include:

  • British Library Document Supply Service (BLDSS): BLDSS allows you to order articles and book chapters from the British Library's collection online and pay using your credit card. Warning: you must have Flash enabled to use this site
  • ingentaconnect: offers access to almost 12,000 academic journals. Searches are free, but you must register to purchase items using your credit card.
  • ScienceDirect: allows you to search the abstracts of over 40 million journal articles. Searches are free, but you must register to purchase individual items using your credit card.
  • CopiesDirect is the National Library of Australia's document delivery service. Most items are AUD 16.50. The usual processing time is 5 working days, although a priority service is available for an additional charge. Delivery is either online or by post (if requested).