Legal Deposit for Publishers

Under the NLB Act, all library materials published and distributed in Singapore must be deposited with the National Library. This includes:

  • 2 copies of every published material in a physical format
  • 1 copy of every published material in an electronic format

National Library, Singapore collects and preserves Singapore publications. We also make these available as research materials into all aspects of Singapore life for present and future generations.

For more information about Legal Deposit and depositing publications, visit Deposit Portal.

You can access the materials in the Legal Deposit collection in two ways:

  • The physical collection, known as PublicationSG, has been made available for reference and research since 2015. Library members can search the NLB Catalogue for PublicationSG materials and place a reservation to consult the Legal Deposit materials via the "Request for PublicationSG Materials" online form. For more information on viewing and requesting these materials, please refer to our PublicationSG website.
  • The Legal Deposit electronic collection is available for viewing at a designated computer terminal at Level 11 of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library at the National Library building. Some electronic publications are available online via our PublicationSG website with permission from copyright owners.