What do I need to deposit?

Legal deposit applies to online and offline Australian publications.


A work is published if it is made available to the public for sale or for free. This includes websites, books, journals, sheet music, maps, magazines and newspapers.

Online and offline

Works can be published both online and offline.

Offline publications are hardcopy print material and electronic materials published on a disk, USB flash drive or other media


All works published in Australia, including works published by Australians on websites and hosted on overseas self-publishing platforms.

Do I need to deposit?

How to deposit

Offline publications

If you publish offline, you are required to deliver a physical copy to the Library within one month of publication. Send one copy of your publication to the relevant address:

Legal Deposit
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600

Journal, magazine and newsletter issues
Australian Serials
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600

Sheet music
Music Acquisitions and Cataloguing
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600

Maps Acquisitions and Cataloguing
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600


Online publications

If you publish online, you are required to deliver an electronic copy only if you receive a request from the National Library, within one month of the request.

Deposit ebooks, electronic journals, magazines and newsletters using the edeposit service


Both offline and online publications 

If you have both offline and online copies, you only need to provide the offline copy. Please contact us if you would prefer to deposit your online version.


Digital rights management and access

All works must be free from all Digital Rights Management (DRM). This refers to any technical means that restrict access to the publication and prevent the Library from preserving digital collections over the long term.

We will provide access in accordance with the Copyright Act. This means that publications will be made available in the reading rooms at the National Library in Canberra. Library users will not be able to copy or distribute the files of electronic publications.

You can also opt for broader access to your online publication, either freely available through the Library's online services immediately, or after 12 months for ebooks and six months for electronic journal, magazine and newletter issues.

Please see the FAQs for more information.

Contact us if you have any queries.