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Electronic legal deposit

On 6 April 2013, the Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations 2013 were introduced by the UK Parliament to permit each legal deposit library to claim and receive publications in an electronic format. However, this must be by agreement and the default format remains print until such time as an agreement is reached.

The Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries will NOT be a point of claim or receipt of electronic publications. All enquiries or requests to deposit should be directed to the British Library: email: customer-services@bl.uk

The Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 and Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations 2013 apply to non-print works that are published in the UK:

However they do not apply to:

For more on electronic legal deposit, see the following pages:


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