Legal Deposit

What is the UK Legal Deposit?

Legal Deposit is a system that requires publishers to provide the British Library with a copy of every book published in the UK, and copies to five other major libraries that request it. This system helps ensure that the nation’s published output is preserved and available for future generations of readers.

We do not register your book with the UK Intellectual Property Office. However, such registration is not required for your book to be copyright-protected. Such protection exists automatically under UK law when you create an original work.

If my book has more than one format, do you submit all formats for Legal Deposit?

When your book is published in e-book format, we submit the e-book edition of your book. If you do not publish an e-book, we will submit the print edition of your book.

How do I know that Legal Deposit has been fulfilled for my book?

The British Library will issue a receipt for every work deposited, and we can provide you with an electronic copy of such receipt at your request.

Is there anything I need to do as the author?

No. We take care of the entire Legal Deposit process for you.

If I go the British Library, will I find my book there?

Yes. Materials collected through Legal Deposit are accessible on-site at the British Library.