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Enhanced Higher Education Supply Service delivers over 500,000 pages content

26th March 2018

EHESS is a document supply service available to all CLA (Copyright Licensing Agency) licenced HEIs, offered by CLA and the British Library. The service provides high quality service provides high quality scans of both print and born-digital content. All EHESS scans offer Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and full metadata as standard and delivery is guaranteed within 48 hours. The service was introduced in 2016, replacing the British Library's former HESS provision. 

The service launched with 92 customers, and over the course of a year and a half, this customer base has grown to embrace 132 HEIs. In this time, the service has also delivered over 24,000 orders. This equates to over half a million individual pages of content, contributing greatly to the delivery of educational information to HE students across the UK.

James Bennett, Head of Rights and Licensing at CLA, said: "It's fantastic to see how much EHESS has grown and to know that together CLA and the British Library are helping to make copyright simpler for librarians and are enabling greater access to valuable content for students." 

Samantha Tillett, Head of Business Development at the British Library, said: "We are delighted that EHESS, which provides content alongside rights for use in course packs and reading lists, has been so well received by UK universities since we launched the service with the CLA."

Find out more about EHESS and what it can do for your institution. 

Read our latest Higher Education blog by Margret, our Education Customer Services Coordinator, on her role in helping Higher Education users to get more access to high quality copies of valuable content with EHESS. 


The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers, and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages. Up to 10 million people visit the British Library website - - every year where they can view up to 4 million digitised collection items and over 40 million pages.