Library Registration

Legal Deposit and Library Registration

by Book Printing UK

Let us handle the legal bit for you. Any books being issued to the general public must be registered with the British Library and Legal Deposit Office by law. We make this process quick and easy so you don't have to worry about it.

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How does it work?

We send printed copies of your book to:

The British Library

National Library of Scotland

National Library of Wales

Bodleian Libraries (University of Oxford)

Cambridge University Library

Trinity College Dublin

Why buy this service through BookPrintingUK?

Save Time

We take care of all the admin for you.

Raise your profile

Your book becomes part of the British Library and preserved for future generations

Sell with confidence

You can start selling your book in confidence knowing that you are compliant with UK law.

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Legal Deposit FAQs

What is the legal deposit?

The Legal Deposit requires publishers to provide a copy of every work they publish in the UK to the British Library. It's existed in English law since 1662.

Which libraries do you send to?

We send a copy to the British Library, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales, Bodleian Libraries (University of Oxford), Cambridge University Library, and Trinity College, Dublin.

The legal deposit libraries work together to ensure the long term preservation of UK publications, both in print and digital form.

How much does it cost?

We charge you £65 to register your publication and send a copy to all of the above libraries.

I’m not selling my book. Does it still need to be registered?

Work is deemed as published when it is shared with the general public. This includes giving it away. So if the audience of your book is the general public you will need to send Legal Deposit copies.

If you are distributing your book to family and friends or employees, then you do not need to send copies. Also, if you are producing diaries, calendars or internal reports you do not need to deposit these.