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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?

We keep these copies so future generations have access to them. If a publication is likely to be heavily used, then we normally buy one or more extra copies of it.

The Libraries Act 1984 calls this "legal deposit'. You need to give us a copy of your publication to comply with this act. You also need to give a copy to the National Library of Australia http://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit.

How?

You can give a physical publication to any of our LINCs or libraries or you can mail them to:

Legal Deposit Officer
Resources and Access
91 Murray Street
HOBART, TASMANIA 7000

Please also give us:

  • name and address of the publisher
  • the retail price
  • a source from which we can obtain additional copies if the work isn't available commercially.

You can submit electronic resources via LINC Tasmania's web-based document archive called STORS (Stable Tasmanian Open Repository Service).

You can tell us about your website by email: tahocollections@education.tas.gov.au

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

If a work is published in both digital and hard copy format only a digital copy is required to be deposited unless the hard copy is different in layout or content.

Further information
legaldeposit@education.tas.gov.au