You will find the answers to common questions about DRM Lite below. Should you have any other query, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DRM Lite is the electronic delivery method the British Library uses to supply journal articles, book chapters or conference papers. Items are sent via an email link and are locked to you as an individual which means that they can be viewed on any machine or device with internet access.
You will need Adobe Reader version 10 or above. If your web browser has a built in PDF viewer, you may wish to temporarily disable it to allow the item to open directly into Adobe Reader. When you receive your first item from British Library you will need to register for a British Library On Demand login and password (this is a one-off process taking only a few minutes, see our guide for instructions).This password will be used to open all your subsequent items.
No, DRM Lite only works with Adobe Reader 10 or above.
Electronic delivery is the default delivery method where possible so you do not need to do anything additional.The majority of journal articles and book chapters requested as an inter-library loan are supplied by the British Library, so they will be supplied via DRM Lite. Items supplied by other libraries will be sent electronically as a PDF email attachment.
Where an electronic copy is available, this will be provided. A paper copy of the item may be provided where an electronic copy is not available. When you have downloaded the item, you can print it once.
The British Library will send you an email from email@example.com with a link to the item. This link will take you to a web page where you can register for British Library On Demand (if you have not already done so). Once you have a login, click on the link, enter your On Demand username and click on ‘Download your document’. Enter your On Demand login and password; this will open the item in Adobe Reader.
The item is not saved automatically. Once you have opened the item, click the file menu and select ‘save as’, choose a location, enter a file name and click ‘save’. Once saved you can move the file to different devices, but you will need to enter your On Demand login details each time you view it.
No. If you know you are going to need to read the item but will not have internet access, then you should print it in advance.
Once you have saved the item, you will have access to it for up to 3 years from the date of supply, after which you will be locked out of the item permanently. If files are not saved, access from the download link will expire after 30 days.
Yes, you can print the item once.
No, to comply with copyright law, you are not permitted to make further copies.
No, the item is supplied for your personal use only. It is not to be shared in groups or used for teaching purposes. Staff wishing to use documents for teaching must request a copyright fee paid copy. Visit our scanning page for details.
No, you must not cut and paste the text or alter it in any other way. You must not convert the file into any other format.
Yes, you may download a document to a memory stick.
Once the item has been downloaded, only that On Demand user may connect to it. However, prior to that, download links may be forwarded to another email address as the document is not already associated with an On Demand user.
Items provided through Digital Editions will still be available; however, they will not be accessible through DRM Lite.