Adobe Reader version 4 or higher will be required to open the document (Adobe Reader version 8.0 is standard on the University of Bolton network). If your device does not have Adobe software installed, you can download Adobe Digital Editions for free. 

In order to ensure that your machine is set up correctly for SED, please ensure you can open and print this British Library test document.

You should see this screen: "Congratulations you have successfully downloaded a FileOpen Secure Electronic Delivery document from the British Library"


How to request a document via Secure Electronic Delivery

  1. Tick the SED box on our ILL request form
  2. When the document is available you will be notified by the British Library via an email from "". 

The document can only be printed once, and it cannot be saved to your computer or to a memory stick.

Full details of restrictions on the use of SED documents can be found on the British Library website

If you have any further questions about Secure Electronic Delivery, please contact the Library's ILL Team on 01204 903094 or via