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Legal Deposit in a Digital Age: 
an overview 
Andrew Davis 
Legal Deposit Publisher Relations Manager 
The British Library
Some history 
www.bl.uk 2
Secondary regulations passed for non-print 
Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003: reaffirmed legal deposit 
provisions for pri...
Print legal deposit volumes 
Items received on Legal Deposit 2012/13 
122,873 Monographs 
199,782 serials issues 
1,652 Ma...
Print legal deposit infrastructure 
PUBLISHER 
Publisher to send 1 
copy 
(best produced) to BL 
within 
one month of 
pub...
The shift to digital 
www.bl.uk 6
6th April 2013… 
• Legal Deposit Libraries (Non- 
Print Works) Regulations 
2013 
• Extension of existing legal 
framework...
A clearly governed, practical 
system which does not impose 
any unreasonable burden on 
publishers, offers potential to 
...
British Library 
Boston Spa 
NLS 
Edinburgh 
Cambridge 
Univ. 
British Library 
St Pancras 
Bodleian 
Oxford 
NLW 
Aberyst...
Journals – Already transitioned to NPLD 
BL Print Intake 2012 Publisher LDL Digital Intake 2014 
963 Wiley 1193 
304 Emera...
Monographs – Already transitioned to 
NPLD 
Publishers depositing monographs under NPLD Year migrated 
Woodhead Publishing...
Portal Home Screen 
www.bl.uk 12
The future… 
Develop capacity & capability 
Work closely with UK publishing community & respond to 
requests to transition...
Thank you 
• For further information contact 
– Andrew.Davis@bl.uk 
– 01937 546535 
www.bl.uk 14
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Legal Deposit in a Digital Age: an overview

  1. 1. Legal Deposit in a Digital Age: an overview Andrew Davis Legal Deposit Publisher Relations Manager The British Library
  2. 2. Some history www.bl.uk 2
  3. 3. Secondary regulations passed for non-print Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003: reaffirmed legal deposit provisions for print and laid foundations for digital Deposit libraries and publishing trade associations set up Voluntary Deposit of Electronic Publications scheme Copyright Act 1911: extended legal deposit to National Library of Wales Required that publishers deliver direct to British Museum instead of Stationers Hall, but other libraries had to claim Number of deposit libraries reduced to 5 Trinity College Dublin added; number of deposit libraries increased to 9 Legal deposit extended to Scotland (Faculty of Advocates) and embodied in first Copyright Act of Queen Anne Deposit became legal requirement; also extended to Royal Library (founding collection of British Library) and Cambridge University Library Sir Thomas Bodley negotiated an agreement with the Stationers Company to receive books for his library in Oxford – everything collected under royal licence 2013 2003 2000 1911 1842 1836 1801 1709 1662 1610 wwwwww..bbll..uukk 3 3 A brief history of Legal Deposit
  4. 4. Print legal deposit volumes Items received on Legal Deposit 2012/13 122,873 Monographs 199,782 serials issues 1,652 Maps and atlases 917 Music scores 149,634 Newspaper issues 201 Playscripts www.bl.uk 4
  5. 5. Print legal deposit infrastructure PUBLISHER Publisher to send 1 copy (best produced) to BL within one month of publication. BL and ALDL share Information on receipts BL to issue a receipt for every item deposited Publisher to send 5 copies (most produced) to ALDL within one month of claim. ALDL to send a claim to publisher for 5 copies within 12 months of publication ALDL distributes copies deposited to the 5 libraries www.bl.uk 5
  6. 6. The shift to digital www.bl.uk 6
  7. 7. 6th April 2013… • Legal Deposit Libraries (Non- Print Works) Regulations 2013 • Extension of existing legal framework • Systematic collection of UK’s published output for heritage & preservation • By 6 UK Legal Deposit Libraries www.bl.uk 7
  8. 8. A clearly governed, practical system which does not impose any unreasonable burden on publishers, offers potential to realise savings, and protects the interests of publishers and right holders A manageable and efficient system for the legal deposit libraries to build up a comprehensive archive of non-print published output to be preserved for research purposes and the use of future generations Balancing needs Achieving a balance in the revised regulations for non-print legal deposit wwwwww..bbll..uukk 8 8
  9. 9. British Library Boston Spa NLS Edinburgh Cambridge Univ. British Library St Pancras Bodleian Oxford NLW Aberystwyth Trinity Coll. Dublin Deposit with British Library (Boston Spa) Content shared and distributed to four nodes: - Boston Spa - St Pancras - Aberystwyth - Edinburgh Access at each node, and by secure network for - Cambridge Univ. - Oxford Univ. - Trinity College Dublin wwwwww..bbll..uukk Shared Implementation 9 9
  10. 10. Journals – Already transitioned to NPLD BL Print Intake 2012 Publisher LDL Digital Intake 2014 963 Wiley 1193 304 Emerald 302 70 Maney 159 159 Informa Healthcare 176 16 Manchester University Press 16 36 Edinburgh University Press 38 204 Cambridge University Press 343 223 Oxford University Press 309 511 Sage 742 2486 Total 3276 32% increase digital over print www.bl.uk 10
  11. 11. Monographs – Already transitioned to NPLD Publishers depositing monographs under NPLD Year migrated Woodhead Publishing 2013 Chandos Publishing 2013 Hachette – All imprints 2013 Kogan Page 2013 Do Sustainability 2013 Open Book Publishers 2013 Loggerhead Publishing Ltd 2013 Department for Education 2013 The Playwrights Publishing Co 2013 Alfie Dog 2014 Audit Scotland 2014 Accent Press/Xcite Books 2014 Cicerone Press 2014 Severn House 2014 www.bl.uk 11
  12. 12. Portal Home Screen www.bl.uk 12
  13. 13. The future… Develop capacity & capability Work closely with UK publishing community & respond to requests to transition Contribute to 2017 review of the regulations www.bl.uk 13
  14. 14. Thank you • For further information contact – Andrew.Davis@bl.uk – 01937 546535 www.bl.uk 14

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