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For publishers and authors

If you publish in Queensland, then legal deposit applies to you.  This means that you are required by law to deposit a copy of your publication with State Library of Queensland.

If you live in Queensland and have published in another state, overseas or with online publishers based outside Queensland, then the legal deposit obligation does not apply to your publication.

A publisher can be an individual, club, church, incorporated society or organisation as well as a commercial publisher.

Electronic publications and recordings are included in legal deposit. 

All Queensland publishers, including government departments, commercial organisations, clubs, churches, societies and private individuals, are required by law to deposit one copy of their publications with State Library of Queensland. The requirement is legislated in part 8 of the Libraries Act 1988 (Qld)


  • Preservation of publications
    Legal deposit, which applies to all Australian state and territory libraries and to the National Library of Australia, ensures that works published in each of these jurisdictions will survive for the use of future generations.

    State Library of Queensland provides environmental conditions specifically designed to ensure the long-term preservation of its physical collections.
  • Assisting research
    Our comprehensive collection of Queensland publications reflects the diversity of the Queensland experience, providing for research relating to Queensland’s history and culture and to its scientific, commercial and technical development.

Deposit returns

It is State Library standard practice not to return items deposited via the web. We recommend you do not delete items from your own system until you receive confirmation from us that your material has been accepted into the State Library's collections.

Please contact us to discuss alternative options.