Legal deposit is a statutory provision requiring publishers to deposit copies of their publications in a nominated collecting institute. The State Library of Western Australia is the legal deposit library for Western Australian publications & the deposit of material is the responsibility of the publisher of that material. Publications need to be deposited with the State Library within 30 days of publication.
- Legal Deposit Act 2012 covers print, audio-visual and digital material, including works published on the Internet
- Legal Deposit Regulations 2013 cover print and other physical items but not Internet and other online publications
- Premier's Circular Number 2019/1 (Requirements for Western Australian Government Publications and Library Collections) covers requirements for deposit of digital Western Australian Government publications.
Two (2) copies of publications produced for the public in print format only (i.e. where there is no digital version) should be deposited with the State Library. Publications should be sent to:
State Library of Western Australia.
25 Francis Street
PERTH WA 6000
PRINT AND ELECTRONIC
For publications that are made available to the public in both print and digital editions, agencies are required to forward one copy of the printed version to the above address; and a copy of the digital version to either the address above or to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please don't print out digital-only publications.
Where a publication is made available to the public in digital format only, agencies are to ensure that the State Library receives a digital copy of the publication. Digital copies deposited with the State Library should be in archival standard format.
Digital copies of publications should be forwarded to the following email address: email@example.com
For further information about legal deposit, read the State Library of Western Australia''s brochure Legal Deposit in Western Australia.