Secure Electronic Delivery

Using the SED (Secure Electronic Delivery) service

Article requests ordered from the British Library from 1st June 2018 will be sent as encrypted PDF documents via their On Demand service.  Requests will be delivered in the usual way to your registered University of Sussex email address, but in order to download and view your document a short initial registration process is required.  It is important to wait at least 10 minutes after registering before opening your document.

What does this mean for you?
Previously, in order to download SED documents from the British Library, you needed the FileOpen plugin, which does not work on all devices, particularly Macs. You were also restricted to accessing your article on one device, the one on which you first downloaded it.

What are the benefits of DRM Lite?
This system offers several benefits:

-          No need to download additional software. As long as you have Acrobat Reader 10 or above, you can open the document.

-          No longer tied to one device. You can access your article from any device with your username and password.

Please note the link to your document will only remain active for 30 days from the date the email is sent. We recommend you save your SED document to your computer and it can be stored for up to three years. The terms of use allow for printing one paper copy for private study or research for a non-commercial purpose. Further printed copies should not be made and the electronic SED document should not be forwarded to others.

Further details (including step-by-step instructions) on how to register and open your document, together with some troubleshooting advice if you encouter any problems, can be found below:

Articles from other libraries (non-British Library) will continue to be printed for you to collect from the Library Information Hub.  

Opening SED documents ordered prior to 1st June 2018:
Articles requested for you prior to 1st June from the British Library will require the FileOpen plugin to open them. If you are unable to open an SED you ordered prior to June 2018, please contact the ILR team.

Requesting a journal article, conference paper or chapter from a book:

  • Please check Library Search to ensure that the item you require is not already in stock or available electronically before requesting, then go to the Interlibrary Requests page and click on the Place an Interlibrary Request box. You will be asked to sign-in using your IT Services username and password.
  • Select the Article Request form and complete the full bibliographic details of the item required.  
  • Read and agree the terms of the copyright declaration by ticking the check box. This electronic signature now replaces the need for signing a paper copy of the copyright declaration.
  • Click on Request to submit your request.