Legal deposit

 national edeposit service

Your guide to using the National edeposit is available online

Website publishers

Yes. These include Australian electronic books, journals, sheet music, maps, magazines, newsletters, newspapers and websites that are made available to the public for sale or for free.

What counts as Australian?

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

Am I required to deposit my new publication?

See how to deposit

Should I deposit the new edition or the reprint of my publication?

We accept new editions of books for legal deposit, which are added to the collection alongside previous editions. 

A new edition should have an edition statement on the imprint page (eg second edition, revised edition) and a new ISBN (if the original publication had an ISBN it cannot be reused). New editions frequently contain new content or extensive revisions.

We do not accept reprints, or updated versions containing minor changes or corrections. We strongly encourage depositors to make sure that they are confident that they have submitted the final version of the publication.

Are government publications subject to legal deposit?

Australian Government departments and agencies are required to provide copies of their publications with the National Library of Australia under the Library Deposit Scheme (LDS). The Library Deposit and Free Issues Scheme administered by the Digital Transformation Office also enables State and Local Government publications to be collected and distributed.

Government websites will be harvested, where possible, in accordance with Whole of Government arrangements (AGIMO Circular 2012/01). Online Government publications can also be deposited through the edeposit service

When do I need to deposit?

Deposit or deliver publications within one month of publication. 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.  

What is an offline publication?

Offline refers to both hard-copy print (including print on demand), and electronic publications published on a hard-drive, USB flash-drive, CD, DVD, or any other physical electronic media.

What is an online publication?

Online refers to websites, ebooks, electronic journals, magazines, newsletters, sheet music, maps, newspapers and websites.

What should I deposit if my work is published both online and offline?

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.  

Do I need an ISBN, ISSN or ISMN to deposit?

No. These International Standard Numbers for books (ISBN), serials (ISSN), and music (ISMN) have benefits in the retail trade. See ISBNISSN or ISMN for further information.

How will my publication be made available?

You will select the level of public access to your electronic publication when you deposit it with the Library. This can be onsite only access at the National Library in Canberra, or a broader level of access.

For onsite only access to electronic publications, copying or distribution will be prevented. To find out more about levels of access see access to electronic publications.

When will my publication be accessible?

Publications will take 1-2 months to be catalogued and processed. You will be able to see the catalogue record for the work in the National Library’s catalogue and Trove, the national discovery service. Our catalogue records have high visibility in search engine results. They are also distributed to Worldcat, an international bibliographic database.

I received a notification from the Library’s web crawler, what do I need to do?

Nothing! You have already met your legal deposit requirements. If there are any difficulties harvesting your public website, you may be contacted by us again. Further information can be found on the notice to publisher of online material.

How will my website be made available?

Search for Australian archived websites in Trove’s Archived websites or the Pandora web archive.

Please contact us if you wish to have your legal deposit archived website or web publication made available.