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
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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.