British Library Document Supply Service

Last updated 25th March 2009
Name of library  British Library Document Supply Service
Address  Boston Spa, Wetherby, W. Yorkshire LS23 7BQ
Telephone 01937 546060 (Customer services) 
Fax  01937 546333
Alternative names Document Supply Centre; DSC; BLDSC 
Contact & Job Title  
Purpose & main user community of the library Centre of UK interlibrary lending. Sells copies and lends original items to registered customers 
Terms of access  Walk-in access to reading room (an appointment lets you reserve more items). Non-members can also order copies using online form, Articles Direct, delivered as photocopy, fax or encrypted PDF file
Opening hours Reading room M-F 09.30-16.30. Last request taken 15.15 
Disabled access  None
Lending to other libraries & visitors  Centre of UK interlibrary lending. Only via a registered organisation, such as a local public, academic of company library
Number of volumes  3,200,000
Periodicals – Back Issues  263,400
Current Periodicals  55,700
Other materials  Microform reports; music scores; theses; report literature
Volumes added per year  33,000 books; 15,000 conferences; 90,000 reports; 10,000 theses
Coverage All aspects covered 
Special Collections  Microform research collection holds considerable religious material, including many medieval mss from Lambeth Palace Library and early Quaker writings. For more info see
Research resource  
Catalogue Type  Computer; card
URL of catalogue  Main catalogue at; see for other catalogue links
Other facilities  Online services; photocopying
Full Time Staff  Yes
Part Time Staff  
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  
Anything else about the library  You can also apply for a reader’s pass in order to use the world famous collection at the British Library building in St. Pancras. Tel. 020 7412 7677 for more info.