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We would like to remind our editors throughout the UK that the legal requirement to send a copy of every publication that is available to the public, including church magazines, to the British Library is now mandatory, based on the Legal Deposit Libraries Act of 2003. Recent e-
Recently some members have received a standard letter asking for back copies to be sent. They can be taken in person to either the London or Boston Spa (Wetherby) branches, which may save postage. Or they may be sent by post. If you don’t have any back copies, a letter stating that you do not have any would be acceptable.
More information is available on their websites, www.bl.uk/aboutus/legaldeposit/printedpubs and www.legaldeposit.org.uk/index.html. We suggest contacting them directly by e-
The other Legal Deposit libraries in Scotland, Wales, Oxford, Cambridge and Dublin are also entitled to ask you to send them a copy but you do not need to do this unless asked by them. Some editors have had a request for this from the Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries, including a request for back copies. They require 5 copies each time, one for each of the above libraries., Which they then forward on.
For magazines that are in electronic format only, you will need to get in contact with the electronic team on ldo-
As my magazine is also in the magazine section of the church website, instead of sending a copy to the British Library and 5 to the Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries each time, I asked if it would be possible to send it electronically by e-
Editors who do not comply with these requirements could be open to prosecution.
For those who are concerned that their magazine, (whether deposited as paper copy or electronically, will be open to all and sundry via the British Library on the Internet, this is not the case. Access is restricted to the reading rooms of the British Library and the other 5 Legal deposit libraries. Only one title can be accessed at any one time and there are certain restrictions on printing, etc. More detailed information can be found on this link: www.bl.uk/aboutus/legaldeposit/index.html.
Sally Churchus, 2nd February 2016
Updated 23rd February 2016