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ISBNs for University of Tasmania Publications: What is Legal Deposit?

What you need to know when applying for an ISBN

Legal Deposit - what is this?

Legal Deposit


  • Legal deposit is a statutory provision which obliges publishers to deposit copies of their publications in libraries in the country in which they are published. Under the Copyright Act 1968 and various state acts, a copy of any work published in Australia must be deposited with the National Library of Australia and the appropriate State Library.
  •  Legal deposit of the material is the sole responsibility of the publisher or author.

  • Legal deposit is required under the Tasmanian Libraries Act 1984, s22. The Act requires that a book published in Tasmania be deposited within one month of publication.

  • To fulfil your National legal deposit obligation send one copy to:

Legal Deposit Unit
National Library of Australia
Canberra ACT 2600

For further information go to National Library of Australia