What is EFESS?

FEIs are able to take advantage of:

  • Copyright-fee-paid (CFP) or scan-only options
  • Digital Rights Management (DRM)-free material
  • Scans of high quality using preservation-standard workflow
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) as standard
  • Full metadata
  • Most scans are delivered within 48 hours

What does the service cost?

Current Rates Pay Monthly Advanced Payment
Born digital £6.40 plus copyright fee £6.40 plus copyright fee
CFP supply from print £10.80 plus copyright fee £9.90 plus copyright fee
Outsourced scanning from print £10.80 £9.90

*All prices are + VAT.

Please note, if you choose to pay in advance the minimum deposit amount for the advance payment option is £150.00 + VAT. ‘Pay Monthly’ customer do not need to make this payment.

How do I get started?

To get your EFESS account set up, all you have to do is return the Agreement, together with some additional details. Follow our step-by-step guide below:


Download and print the agreement

 In your covering correspondence, please indicate to CLA: 

  • Your existing British Library account number (if applicable)
  • If you would like to pay monthly, or pay in advance. If paying in advance, indicate the sum to be deposited. Please note the minimum payment is £150.00 + VAT.

Please note the following:

  • If you currently have a deposit with the British Library, please contact them to discuss a possible refund.
  • Deposits with the British Library cannot be used against your EFESS purchases.
  • If you order your content (CFP or outsourced scanning) via a third party, you will need to alert that third party of your change to EFESS.

Once we have received your returned agreement, we will be in touch with your account and login details.

If you want to know more about what EFESS is and how it works, have a look at our FAQs below.

If you need to pay the copyright fee for a scan that you have sourced elsewhere, please contact the publisher direct or try PLSClear.

Useful links

Sign in to your account

If you are a customer and would like to access Second Extract or EHESS transaction details, please sign in here:

Check Permissions

Our Check Permissions search tool lets you see what you can copy, share or re-use legally with a CLA licence.


If you're a HEI and looking for EHESS, you can find out more here.


If you do not hold a copy of the original item in your collection you will need to order using the Copyright Fee Paid service. One Copyright Fee Paid copy can be used over multiple courses, as long as the material is still included in CLA’s Licence and is within extent limits.
If you are purchasing a CFP to place in your library stock, then no, but if you intend to copy the material then any purchases made via EFESS should be checked against the Check Permissions search tool before ordering to ascertain Licence coverage.
It is entirely up to you whether you choose the pre-pay option or to pay monthly. There is a reduced service charge when paying in advance.
Payment is made to the CLA. You can pay monthly or pay in advance. Invoices and statements will be despatched from the CLA on a monthly basis. Once CLA has received transaction data from the British Library, it will be accessible to view online via a link issued when your account is confirmed.
Yes. A signed Agreement with the CLA is required and an additional account with the British Library dedicated to your EFESS orders will need to be set up.