What is Legal Deposit?

The Legal Deposit Libraries Act of 2003 allows the British Library to request a copy of every book published in the UK. In addition, the deposit regulations of the Copyrights Acts 1911 and 1963 allows the five copyright libraries of the UK to request copies. These requests usually come via the Legal Deposit Agency in Edinburgh, Scotland.

This means that in your first print run you should allow for an additional six copies which we will send to the Legal Deposit libraries on your behalf. Copies go to the British Library, Oxford Bodleian Library, Cambridge University Library, the National Library of Scotland, Trinity College Dublin, and the National Library of Wales.

Publications deposited with the British Library are made available to users in its various Reading Rooms. They are preserved for the benefit of future generations and become part of the nation's heritage.

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