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Secure Electronic Delivery

Secure Electronic Delivery (SED) is a service provided by Queen Mary Library Services in conjunction with The British Library. Articles and papers ordered via the Inter-Library Loan service are delivered electronically to your desktop.

All Queen Mary staff, research and postgraduate students are eligible for SED.

To use SED you need to have the File Open plug-in software installed on your PC. This software is a digital rights management tool and will allow you to view the article or paper when it is delivered to you. File Open is free and you can download it from here.

How to use SED

Ordering an article or paper to be delivered directly to your desktop is the same as ordering any Inter-Library Loan. You can use the Queen Mary Inter-Library Loan request form to order an article via secure electronic delivery. All orders for articles or papers will be delivered electronically unless you indicate that you want to pick up a photocopy from the library. When completing your application for an Inter-Library Loan the form will require you to agree to the copyright regulations before the order is processed.

Once your request has been sent to the library, if it is available at the British Library it should be delivered to you within 3 days.

You can view the article for 30 days from the date of when you receive it. The article will only be available for 14 days from the day it is first viewed, if you do not access it within that time period you will need to order and pay for the document again.

You can print the article only once and we suggest you do this the first time you open it, however you can access the article as many times as you like within that 14 day period.

Please check the SED FAQs if you have any problems or queries

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