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What is DRM Lite?: Home

We source interlibrary loans from academic libraries all over the world, and from the British Library. If you request a chapter or article that is supplied by the British Library it will now be supplied in a different format.

Items supplied by the British Library are encrypted to a high level of security to ensure minimal chance of contravening copyright. Previously they would have been supplied to you in a format that needed to be opened using Adobe Digital Editions and limited viewing to the device on which you first opened the document. We are now changing the delivery method to DRM Lite, which means that you will be able to open them on any device with PDF viewing software, any number of times, but this method does require you to have first registered with the British Library. Once that is done, we believe this new delivery method will make access to these documents easier and more convenient. This new method requires you to create a username and password on a British Library account and that username and password becomes your key to unlock the interlibary loan documents that you order, as usual, via the University of Northampton ILL request form.

It is important that you register with the British Library and then make your requests through the Interlibrary Loan form. If you follow this order then the service will be completely free to you as a student or member of staff of the University of Northampton. There are some helpful guides available regarding Interlibrary Loan requesting and the team are always happy to help and can be contacted through