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What is Legal Deposit

Legal deposit is a statutory provision that requires publishers to lodge copies of their publications with designated libraries. Many of the great libraries of the world, including the Library of Congress and the British Library, are repositories for legal deposit publications.

In South Australia, Section 35 of the Libraries Act 1982, requires publishers to deposit a copy of all their publications, including every issue of a periodical or newspaper, free of charge to the State Library. The library also has the authority to claim items from interstate and overseas publishers, whose publications have particular relevance to South Australia.

Publishers also have deposit obligations to the SA Parliament Research Library and to the National Library of Australia under the Copyright Act 1968.

Electronic or Print

Electronic publications should be deposited whenever possible.

how to Deposit publications

Electronic publications

Deposits should be made through the National eDeposit (NED) service.

Deposits through NED meet the requirements of the National Library of Australia and the State Library of South Australia.

For electronic publications unable to be deposited with NED due to their size, or to discuss non-electronic formats, please contact us.

Audio visual and printed publications 

Note that audio-visual material (sound recordings, film or video) cannot be deposited through NED and should be posted to:

Legal Deposit - Published Collections
State Library of SA
PO Box 419
Adelaide SA 5001

Contact Us

Published collections

Legal Deposit - Published Collections
State Library of SA
PO Box 419
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: (08) 8207 7347

NED - National eDeposit

National eDeposit

NED is an online service for the deposit, archiving, discovery and delivery of published electronic material across Australia, enabling publishers to deposit once to fulfil its state/territory and national legal deposit obligations simply and efficiently.

Legal deposit FAQs

Who are publishers?

'Publishers’ include commercial publishers, government publishers, schools, societies, organisations, clubs, churches, associations and private individuals. Legal deposit does not apply to authors, retail outlets or printers if they are not also the publisher.

What are publications?

'Publications' are those deemed to be available to the general public either by sale or for free.
Legal deposit applies to printed items such as books, magazines and newspapers and works in any other format including film and video, audio CDs, CD-ROMs, websites and any electronic material.

How does the State Library archive websites? 

Once permission is obtained, the State Library employs harvesting software that copies material online from a specified seed URL and publishes it to the PANDORA archive. In most cases, the publisher's assistance is not required. 

How do I find out about legal deposit titles?

You can see what's new in our collection and subscribe to the South Australiana resources RSS feed, which lists all the South Australian material added in the last fortnight including legal deposit, donations, and purchased items.

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