State Library of South Australia

New legal deposit library guide

Are you a South Australian publisher of physical or electronic material? If so, our new legal deposit library guide is for you.

Spence Wing basement at the State Library
Spence Wing basement at the State Library

Legal deposit is a state law that requires publishers to lodge copies of their publications in designated libraries to ensure the preservation of documentary heritage. Every state in Australia is subject to different legislation concerning which libraries receive copies.

In South Australia, the legal deposit provisions of the South Australian Libraries Act 1982 require SA publishers to deposit a copy of all their physical books, journals, newspapers, CDs, DVDs and CD-ROMs free of charge with the State Library. Different rules apply to material with no physical equivalent created on an electronic device. This material is known as 'born-digital' and includes publicly available websites and electronic documents such as serials or reports.

Legal deposit affects a wide range of South Australian groups including clubs/organisations, small/large/self-publishers, schools and government departments.

The new guide defines publishers and publications, outlines which items the State Library requires, lists contacts and instructions for lodgement in SA and interstate, and provides some FAQs. One page is devoted to physical material and another page to born-digital material.

To find out more about your obligations, check out our library guide.

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