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. Deposit of digital publications is presently voluntary (refer to Digital Deposit).


How to Deposit


For deposit of print and Audio-Visual publications, publishers are required to login to the Deposit Web to complete an online form. Thereafter, two copies of the published work can be deposited either in person or through post, preferably to the Legal Deposit Office or the National Library. Kindly indicate on your parcel or to the personnel at our offices that the items are for the Legal Deposit Office.


If you wish to deposit your materials at the Public Libraries, please label your parcel clearly as materials for the Legal Deposit Office for acknowledgement by staff at the Public Libraries.


Legal Deposit Office

National Library Board
Library Supply Centre
3, Changi South Street 2
Xilin Districentre Building B, #03-00
Singapore 486548


Mon – Fri: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Closed on Public Holidays
(Please access via Cargo Lift 5 to Library Supply Centre Checkpoint for deliveries by hand)


National Library
100 Victoria Street
Singapore 188064
Level 1 Information Counter


Mon – Sun: 10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Closed on Public Holidays


Publications Required under Legal Deposit


All print materials that are published or produced in Singapore and made available for sale or public distribution should be deposited. These include:

  • Annual reports
  • Books (first printing and subsequent printings that have different physical or content presentations)
  • Brochures, pamphlets and leaflets
  • Commemorative publications
  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Directories
  • Exhibition and gallery catalogues
  • Guidebooks
  • 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
  • Maps
  • Music scores and other printed music
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Posters
  • Reports and research studies
  • Yearbooks


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:

  • Audiobooks
  • Feature and short films
  • Multimedia
  • Music sound recordings


Legal Deposit Exclusions


Materials that are of a private or confidential nature do not need be deposited.


Examples include:

  • Materials only printed in Singapore but published elsewhere
  • Materials with little or no substantial text (e.g. blank forms, calendars, timetables)
  • Materials for internal circulation only (e.g. legal documents, training manuals, course notes, minutes of meetings)
  • Patents
  • Proprietary trade catalogues and trade circulars
  • Unused footage of films or materials for broadcasting purposes


Access to Publication


Deposited publications are available via PublicationSG online catalogue. You can search and place a reservation to consult the publications. As the purpose of Legal Deposit is to preserve our nation's published heritage, deposited titles will be for reference only at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library. For more information about this service, please visit PublicationSG.

Copies of your deposited publication, if available for sale, may be purchased for our Public Libraries if it meets the requirements of our collection development policies.


Contact Details


For more information, please contact the Legal Deposit Office at:
Email: enquiry@nlb.gov.sg