Legal Deposit

Legal Deposit

Legal Deposit

I got a letter in the mail yesterday telling me that my book had been received by the State Library of Victoria for Legal Deposit. Legal Deposit wasn’t something I had heard about before I published my book.

In Australia, Legal Deposit is a requirement under the Copyright Act 1986, where all publishers and self publishers must deposit a copy of their work with the National Library of Australia. There are also state requirements to deposit a copy with State Libraries as well.

You can find out about the Legal Deposit requirements with the National Library of Australia here. The Australia-wide requirements can be found here. If you are outside Australia, this Wikipedia page has details of requirements around the World.

I found this process a bit frustrating as I was expecting a form or similar to attach to the book to give them the information they needed, but one doesn’t exist. I ended up printing a letter that stated my name, postal address, email address, and contact phone number for an acknowledgement my book had been received.

I also have to admit that it’s taken me a while to get these books sent off, but this step has now been added to my “To Do” list for future publications so the Legal Deposit copies are sent off quickly. Please note, when you are looking at the requirements for your state, some have time frames to receive the Legal Deposit copies.

If you’re not sure whether or not you should send a copy for Legal Deposit, check with your publisher to see whether or not they will submit the Legal Deposit copy of your book for you.

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