Legal deposit

Are you a Tasmanian publisher? If so, you must give us a copy.

A publication can include:

  • books
  • eBooks
  • websites
  • newspapers
  • maps and plans
  • sheet music
  • sound or video recordings
  • anything else which reproduces words, sounds or images.

An item is published if copies of it are sold or otherwise distributed to the public.

Why?

The Libraries Act 1984​ requires a copy of everything published in Tasmania to be deposited in the State Library. You may also need to give a copy to the National Library of Australia. Similar legislation applies in all Australian States and Territories, and is generally referred to as 'legal deposit'.

We keep these 'legal deposit' copies permanently, so future generations have access to them. We buy additional copies for current reference and lending collections as required.

How?

You can deliver a copy of your physical publication to any of our libraries, or post it to:

Legal Deposit Officer
Libraries Tasmania
91 Murray Street
HOBART, TASMANIA 7000

A completed Legal Deposit lodgement form must accompany your publication.

Please deposit electronic publications through the National edeposit (NED) portal.

Websites cannot be deposited in NED, for technical reasons. Libraries Tasmania routinely captures and maintains preservation copies of Tasmanian websites to ensure access to this cultural information for future generations. If you are planning major changes to your website, please contact us to arrange a capture of the existing site before the changes are implemented.

For all enquiries about website capture, please contact legaldeposit@education.tas.gov.au

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The deposited copy must be the best copy published. For example, if a book is published in both hard cover and paperback, a copy of the hard cover version must be deposited.

If a work is published in both electronic and paper form, only the electronic version is required to be deposited unless the paper version is different in layout or content.

Further information

Contact the Libraries Tasmania Legal Deposit team:

Phone 03 6165 5576
Email legaldeposit@education.tas.gov.au