Legal deposit requirements - publishers - Queensland


It is a legal requirement under Part 8 of the Libraries and Archives Act 1988 for all publishers to deposit a copy of each publication with the State Library of Queensland and with the Library of the Queensland Parliament within one month of publication.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Additional information

Copies of later editions do not have to be deposited unless they differ from the original publication.

Where more than one format exists only one version needs to be deposited. Print is preferred to electronic; hard cover is preferred to paperback.

ISBN Numbers:
There is no need for a publication to have an identifier like ISBN, ISMN or ISSN for Legal Deposit purposes. ISBNs are used by the retail book trade but are not required for Legal Deposit.

A free ISBN service for Australian publishers is provided by the National Library of Australia and Thorpe Bowker.

Allocation of a unique code for the identification of publications which can be used wherever information on publications needs to be recorded or communicated:

  • International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)
  • International Standard Book Number (ISBN).

Administering agency

State Library of Queensland

John Oxley Library

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Legal Deposit, Description Services

State Library of Queensland

Operating address: State Library of Qld Cultural Ctre Stanley Place
South Brisbane
Queensland 4101
Mailing address: PO Box 3488
South Brisbane
Queensland 4101
Phone: 07 3840 7880
Fax: 07 3842 9126