About Legal Deposit

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About Agency for Legal Deposit Libraries

Legal Deposit helps ensure that a nation’s published output is collected and preserved for the future. As a publisher, this means that your content will be securely preserved while also being made accessible in the reading rooms of the Legal Deposit Libraries. Inclusion in library catalogues, online discovery services and the British National Bibliography will help promote these publications, highlighting them to a worldwide audience, including the book trade. Preserving publications representing all authors, communities and interest groups is a key aim of Legal Deposit. Sending us your publications will help enable future research into all aspects of our culture and society.

There are six libraries in the UK Legal Deposit system, providing greater protection and preservation by having copies of publications at more than one location, the ALDL operates on behalf of 5 Legal Deposit Libraries, these being:

  • National Library of Scotland
  • The Bodleian Library
  • Oxford University
  • National Library of Wales
  • Cambridge University Library
  • The Library of Trinity College Dublin

Publishers must supply five copies of every print publication, on request, to the Agency for Legal Deposit Libraries (ALDL) in Edinburgh, for distribution to the five Legal Deposit Libraries.

Please send the print publications to us at: The Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries, 21 Marnin Way, Edinburgh, EH12 9GD.

Publishers must also supply one copy of every print publication directly to the British Library at their address: The British Library's Legal Deposit Office, Boston Spa, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 7BY.

Should you wish to send your publications in electronic format please contact the British Library – further information is available at https://www.bl.uk/help/how-to-deposit-your-digital-publications.

Who do we help?

We work with anyone who produces content in print format in the UK and Ireland by helping them to deposit their publications. This includes new and existing publishers, societies and organisations.

We work to ensure the legislation around publisher obligations and Legal Deposit are met for the libraries mentioned above. You can read more about this here. ALDL provide information to publishers about Legal Deposit and their obligations under Legal Deposit Legislation and provide information and contact details to allow publishers to deposit their publications.

Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries is a registered Scottish charity: Scottish charity number: SC040300
Company Registration Number: SC348650