What do I need to deposit?

Legal deposit applies to online and offline Australian publications.

Published

A work is published if it is made available to the public for sale or for free. This includes websites, books, journals, sheet music, maps, magazines and newspapers.

Online and offline

Works can be published both online and offline.

Offline publications are hardcopy print material and electronic materials published on a disk, USB flash drive or other media

Australian

All works published in Australia, including works published by Australians on websites and hosted on overseas self-publishing platforms.

How to deposit

Both offline and online publications

If both formats are available electronic is preferred and you deposit an electronic copy of your publication through the National edeposit service. By depositing into National edeposit service publishers meet their national obligations for legal deposit requirements.  

Online publications

If you publish online you deposit an electronic copy of your publication through the National edeposit service. By depositing into National edeposit service publishers meet their national obligations for legal deposit requirements.   

Offline publications

If you publish offline format only, you are required to deliver a physical copy to the Library within one month of publication. Send one copy of your publication to the relevant address:

Books
Legal Deposit
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600

Journal, magazine and newsletter issues
Legal Deposit
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600

Sheet music
Legal Deposit
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600

Maps
Legal Deposit
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600

Digital rights management and access

All works must be free from all Digital Rights Management (DRM). This refers to any technical means that restrict access to the publication and prevent the Library from preserving digital collections over the long term.

We will provide access in accordance with the Copyright Act. This means that publications will be made available in the reading rooms at the National Library in Canberra. Library users will not be able to copy or distribute the files of electronic publications.

You can also opt for broader access to your online publication, either freely available through the Library's online services immediately, or after 12 months for ebooks and six months for electronic journal, magazine and newletter issues.

Please see the FAQs for more information.

Contact us if you have any queries.