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Legal deposit in the UK

Material published and distributed in the United Kingdom and in the Republic of Ireland must be deposited in the six legal libraries and archives.  This includes self-published books.

These six UK libraries are:

  1. The British Library
  2. The Bodleian Library, Oxford
  3. The University Library, Cambridge
  4. The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
  5. The Library of Trinity College, Dublin
  6. The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth

Publishers must send one copy to the British Library within one month of publication. The other five libraries have the right to claim those publications from the publishers and distributors. The current legal basis in the United Kingdom is the Copyright Act of 1911, and in Ireland, the Copyright and Related Rights Act of 2000.

Where to send legal deposit copies in UK. If you are a customer for our self-publishing service, we would normally undertake the legal deposit for you.

Publications (except newspapers) for British Library: Legal Deposit Office,The British Library,Boston Spa,Wetherby West Yorks LS23 7BY
Newspapers for the British Library: Newspaper Legal Deposit Office,The British Library Unit 3,120 Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5LF
Agent for the other five legal deposit libraries: ALDL

Causeway Building, 161 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1PH

Irish publishers can send material for all 5 libraries to: Irish Copyright Agency,c/o Trinity College LibraryCollege Street,Dublin 2


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