What is Legal Deposit?
The National Library of New Zealand is required to collect, preserve, and make available the documentary heritage of New Zealand.
Under legislation, all publishers in New Zealand are required to deposit their publications with the National Librarian.
In New Zealand, Legal Deposit provisions were established in 1903, and have allowed the Library to collect and preserve enormous amounts of our published documentary heritage for the benefit of all New Zealanders. In 2006 legislation was passed to enable the Library to collect digital publications.
The National Library has been entrusted by government to carry out the functions involved in the Legal Deposit process. The legislation supporting these functions is in Part 4 of the National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa) Act 2003. The Act is supported by two Requirement Notices.
Who does it apply to?
Any person, group, or organisation that publishes material and makes it available, for sale or free of charge, to any section of the public.
A publisher can be an individual, a club, church, incorporated society or organisation as well as a commercial publisher.
What kinds of publications?
Legal Deposit covers print and electronic publications. It includes books, magazines, newsletters, DVDs, websites, and many more.
How do I submit my publication?
Print publications can be simply sent to the National Librarian with the required paperwork within 20 days of publication.
Publishers can bring Legal Deposit material to the National Library during our regular opening hours. Ask our Kaiarahi to contact a Legal Deposit staff member, or leave it with Alexander Turnbull Library staff on the first floor.
Electronic publications can be submitted by email or through the Web Deposit Tool. Websites are gathered in the regular web harvest.