Legal deposit is the statutory requirement for any publisher to deposit a copy of their publications with designated libraries. It plays a critical role in ensuring preservation of the nation’s cultural heritage by allowing systematic collection of the published output. It is the record of human memory, creativity and discovery collected and preserved for future generations.
In this chapter we will detail the development of legal deposit in the UK focussing on the rapid changes that have taken place during the last 20 years that has led us to the implementation of Non-Print Legal Deposit in the UK. We explore the difficulties encountered when undertaking a digital infrastructure project of this magnitude, along with the unexpected benefits derived from the transition from print to digital. We conclude the chapter with the findings and recommendations of the Post Implementation Review, a mandatory review of whether the UK Non-Print Legal Deposit Regulations are fit for purpose and do what they were intended to do - Preserve our nation’s cultural heritage whether digital or print.
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