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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, the legal deposit provisions are within section 35 of South Australia's Libraries Act 1982. This requires South Australian publishers to deposit a copy of all their publications, including every issue of a periodical or newspaper, free of charge to the State Library and the Parliamentary Library. 

The library also has the authority to claim items from interstate and overseas publishers, whose publications have particular relevance to South Australia.

Electronic or Print

The State Library of South Australia has a preference for electronic publications.

It is not a legal requirement, but if you would like to provide a second copy in print, it may be placed in our SA Ready Reference Collection on open access, in any other collection deemed appropriate or will be returned to the donor if not required.

how to Deposit publications

National edeposit (NED) is a new online service for the deposit, archiving, discovery and delivery of published electronic material across Australia. It enables a publisher to deposit once to fulfil its state/territory and national legal deposit obligations simply and efficiently.

Publishers can create an account and login to the NED online portal to deposit.

For electronic publications unable to be deposited with NED, please contact us.

Audio visual and printed publications 

Post to:
Legal Deposit - Published Collection Development
State Library of SA
PO Box 419
Adelaide SA 5001

Contact Us

Collection Development 

Legal Deposit - Published Collection Development
State Library of SA
PO Box 419
Adelaide SA 5001
Phone: (08) 8207 7347
Email: SLSA.Publishedcd@sa.gov.au

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. 

My work does not have an ISBN/ISSN. Do I have to deposit it?

Yes. Works with and without ISBNs/ISSNs should be deposited if they are available to the general public. ISBNs/ISSNs are not affilitated with legal deposit or copyright but will aid in the discovery of your material. If you wish to acquire one, contact the ISBN Agency within Thorpe-Bowker.

How do I find out about legal deposit titles?

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

How do I contact the Parliamentary Library of SA?

The Parliamentary Librarian
Parliamentary Library
Parliament House
Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: (08) 8237 9398
Email: library.services@parliament.sa.gov.au

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