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Make a Document Supply request

How do I put in a request?

If you know what article you’d like a copy of there are two ways to get your Document Supply request started.

  1. Download and fill out the commercial copyright form (income generating) or non-commercial copyright form (for private research), then just email it back to us or send it by post.
  2. Contact the library to make a request.

How much does it cost?

We provide articles from our digital collections to members free of charge. We charge £5 per copy for articles from our print collections.

For non-members, we charge £10 per copy for non-commercial use from our digital or print collections

There is an additional charge of £10 per copy if it is for commercial use that applies to members for copies from our print collections and non-members for all copies.

Members can request copies of articles from the British Library at a cost of £15

Making payments

You can pay by credit or debit card or by cheque made out to ‘The IET’. Along with your payment, you’ll need to include signed copyright and payment forms. We can’t take card payments over email so you’ll need to call up and settle over the phone.

Archives reprographics

If you’re on the lookout for historical photographs, we can send you copies of our archived gallery. You can find out more about what photographs we hold in the online catalogue. For more information on the service and costs call +44 (0)20 7344 8407 or email

Requests from other libraries

We’re always happy to supply photocopies of articles or book loans from our collections to other libraries on request. Call us on +44 (0)20 7344 5461 or email with full bibliographic details of each item you’re interested in. please have your British Library number to hand, as well as the request number for each item.