Legal Deposit

Legal deposit is a statutory provision which obliges publishers to deposit copies of their publications in libraries
in the region in which they are published. Under the Copyright Act 1968 and various state Acts, a copy of any
work published in Australia must be deposited with the National Library of Australia and the deposit libraries in your home state or territory. In New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, legislation also applies to certain additional libraries and a copy must also be deposited with these libraries. Legal deposit of the material is the sole responsibility of the publisher. Legal deposit extends not only to commercial publishers but also to private individuals, clubs, churches, associations, societies and organisations.

National Library of Australia | Legal Deposit

Common definitions:

• Publication is a work reproductions of which have been made available (whether by sale or freely) to the public.

• Publications without ISBN are considered “private” and might be excluded from the obligation.

• Publications without ISBN are considered “private” and might be excluded from the obligation.

• The best complete copy of a published work is expected to be deposited. For example, if both a hardback and
paperback edition is published, one copy of the hardback edition must be deposited.

• A copy of a second or later edition must be deposited if there are changes or additions to the preceding edition,
such as to text or to illustrations. If a book is reprinted with a change to the title or to any part of the content, or it has a different publisher, it is considered to be a new edition.

Benefits of Legal Deposit:

• works of authors and publishers survive for the use of future generations
• records for legal deposit publications are available through Trove (a shared online national bibliographic
database at
• commercial and self-published works receive wide exposure
• libraries can access and order bibliographic records for published works
• selected titles are included in online indexing databases such as APAIS (Australian Public Affairs Information

The National Library’s catalogue and Trove are available at Further information about Legal Deposit can be found on the National Library‘s website.

The National Library provides the Cataloguing-in-Publication (CiP) service free of charge to publishers to
provide a catalogue record for a book before it is published.
Cataloguing in Publication
National Library of Australia

Canberra ACT 2600
T 02 6262 1458
F 02 6273 4492

As a part of our Services for self-publishers, we can take care of legal deposits on behalf of our customers.

Addresses for Legal Deposit of Printed Publications

Legal Deposit
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600

ACT Heritage Library*

ACT Heritage Library
PO Box 158
Canberra City ACT 2601

New South Wales

Legal Deposit
Level 2
State Library of New South Wales
1 Shakespeare Place
Sydney, NSW 2000

NSW Parliamentary Library**

Legal Deposit Officer
Parliament House
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000

University of Sydney Library**

Gift, Legal Deposit, & Exchange Officer
University of Sydney NSW 2006


Legal Deposit Librarian
State Library Victoria
328 Swanston Street
Melbourne Vic 3000


Legal Deposit
Metadata Services, Level 4
State Library of Queensland
PO Box 3488
South Brisbane  QLD  4101

Parliamentary Library of Queensland**

Parliamentary Librarian
Parliament House
George Street
Brisbane QLD 4001

South Australia

Legal Deposit – Published Collections
State Library of SA
GPO Box 419
Adelaide SA 5001

South Australian Parliament Research Library**

Parliamentary Librarian
GPO Box 572
Adelaide SA 5001

Western Australai

Legal Deposit
State Library of Western Australia
25 Francis St
Perth WA 6000


Legal Deposit Officer
State Library of Tasmania, LINC Tasmania
91 Murray Street
Hobart TAS 7000

Northern Territory

Legal Deposit
Northern Territory Library
PO Box 42
Darwin NT 0801

(*) The ACT does not currently have legal deposit legislation.
Publishers are encouraged to lodge a copy of their publications with the ACT Heritage Library for ongoing preservation and access.

(**) It is recommended to check, prior to sending the books, with these libraries whether they actually accept the deposits