The National Library safeguards the published heritage of Singapore. This is carried out through the deposit of materials published in Singapore under the National Library Board (NLB) Act (Chapter 197, No. 5 of 1995, Part II Section 10).
Known as Legal Deposit, it ensures that Singapore’s published heritage is collected, preserved for posterity and made accessible. It is an important function as it helps to keep knowledge and stories of our culture, our heritage, and our history alive for future generations of Singaporeans. Two copies of every publication published or produced in Singapore and made available for sale or public distribution in Singapore are required for deposit with the National Library within four weeks from the date of publication.
Recognising that many publishing activities are increasingly moving to digital, the National Library Board Act was updated to include electronic publications under Legal Deposit. The amendments came into force on 31 January 2019. For more information about depositing electronic publications, please refer to Digital Legal Deposit.
Publications Required under Legal Deposit
Physical materials that are published or produced in Singapore and made available for sale or public distribution in Singapore are required to be deposited. These include:
- Annual reports
- Brochures, leaflets, pamphlets, posters
- Commemorative publications
- Conference papers and proceedings
- Exhibition and gallery catalogues
- Music scores
- Audio-Visual materials published in physical carriers such as CD-ROMs, DVDs and other formats
If the publication has both print and electronic format for sale or public distribution, both print (2 copies) and electronic (1 copy) formats of the same publication are required for deposit.
Legal Deposit Exclusions
Materials that do not need to be deposited are as follows:
- Materials only printed in Singapore but published elsewhere
- Materials with little or no substantial text (e.g. blank forms, calendars, timetables)
- Materials of a private or confidential nature (e.g. private email correspondences, legal documents)
- Materials for internal circulation only (e.g. training manuals, course notes, minutes of meetings, presentation slides)
- Photographs and pictures
- Proprietary trade catalogues and trade circulars
- Unused footage of films or materials for broadcasting purposes
How to Deposit
Publishers are encouraged to log in to Deposit Web to complete an online deposit form so that we are aware of your incoming publications. Two copies of the publication can be deposited through post or in person at:
Legal Deposit Office
National Library Board
Library Supply Centre
3, Changi South Street 2
Xilin Districentre Building B, #03-00
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)
100 Victoria Street
Level 1 Information Counter
Mon – Sun: 10:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Closed on Public Holidays
Public Libraries’ book drop
Please label your parcel clearly as materials for the Legal Deposit Office before depositing. Please click here if you wish to print the address label.
Access to Publication
Records of 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.
For more information, please contact the Legal Deposit Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.