1. What is Legal Deposit?
Legal Deposit is a statutory function of the National Library that enables the library to collect and preserve all works by Singapore writers, producers and publishers as part of Singapore's heritage.
The National Library Board Act (Chapter 197, No. 5 of 1995, Part II Section 10) requires two copies of every publication published in Singapore to be deposited with the National Library within four weeks from the date of publication.
The purpose of legal deposit is to ensure that the nation's published heritage is systematically collected and preserved for posterity, in order to make them accessible to present and future generations of Singapore.
Currently, the Legal Deposit collects physical publications that include print and Audio-Visual materials. The inclusion of digital publications, such as e-books, is presently under legislative review.
2. What are the benefits to publishers?
The National Library is the custodian of Singapore’s published heritage. Through Legal Deposit:
. Materials will be preserved for long-term access and use by future generations
. A trusted repository for printed and digital materials will be created
. Published works will enjoy wider exposure locally and internationally
3. What does the Legal Deposit collection comprise ?
The collection comprises print and Audio-Visual materials that were published or produced in Singapore for sale or public distribution and have been deposited with NLB. These include:
. Annual reports
. Books (first printing and subsequent printings that have different physical or content presentations)
. Brochures, pamphlets and leaflets
. Commemorative publications
. Conference proceedings
. Kits (collection of three or more media or books with other formats, e.g. collection of storybook, sound cassette, colouring book, crayons)
. Loose-leaf publications
. Magazines and journals
. Music scores and other printed music
. Reports and research studies
Audio-Visual materials published in the form of physical devices such as CD, CD-ROMs, DVDs, VCDs are included under Legal Deposit as well. These include:
. Feature and short films
. Music sound recordings