The legal deposit is a mechanism regulated by the Law 23 / 2011, of 29 July, of legal deposit, which obliges publishers or producers to deliver a series of copies of their works to the National Library, which guarantees the dissemination and conservation of the bibliographic, sound, visual, audiovisual and digital heritage of Catalonia.
They are subject to Legal Deposit (DL) publications which are part of the bibliographic and cultural heritage of Catalonia: books and brochures, print-on-demand publications, magazines, maps, audiovisual documents, commercial catalogs of bookstores, publishers and auctions, ...
Second and subsequent editions of a work also require the corresponding DL, unlike reprints (which will retain the DL number assigned to the edition they reproduce)
The mandatory DL of publications depends on some aspects such as their purpose of dissemination or distribution, which is why some are excluded documents that do not comply with them: documents on internal matters of organizations addressed to their staff, instruction manuals, commercial catalogs except those of publishing houses, bookstores and auctions, ... In case of doubt, the management of the Library of Catalonia is who determines it.
This delivery guarantees the dissemination and conservation of the bibliographic, sound, visual, audiovisual and digital heritage of Catalonia:
As of 25 of October of 2015, as it establishes the Royal Decree 635 / 2015, a DL number was no longer granted to online electronic publications, such as electronic books or magazines, given that these resources are captured by the Biblioteca de Catalunya to guarantee access and permanent conservation [arts. 7, 8 and 10]:
As determined by Law 23 / 2011, from 29 July, of legal deposit, the publishers of the works are responsible for processing the legal deposit (DL). Therefore, each of the editorial units of the UPC (basic, functional or other units) must request the DL of their publications as detailed below:
When an author publishes his work without the intervention of any publisher or printer (authors-editors), he may also request the DL number by personally addressing the "Office of the legal deposit closer and presenting the DNI and certain data of address, telephone and email.
Before applying for a Legal Deposit (DL), the publishing units of the UPC they must bear in mind that:
DL B. 8411-2012
DL B (number) -2014 (I)
DL B (number) -2014 (II)
DL B (number) -2014 (III)
Once the work has been printed with the Legal Deposit (DL) and before its distribution or sale, the applicant must take the following actions:
Failure to send the copies is subject to sanction by the DL Office, a sanction that must be assumed by the unit of the UPC applicant. Therefore, it is very important to keep in mind that this delivery of copies is mandatory, whatever the type of publication (book, magazine, map ...), the format (paper, CD ...), and / or is intended for sale or not.
Periodicals (magazines, newspapers or yearbooks) are assigned a single DL number for the entire work to be printed in each issue. However, even if the DL is the same, it will be necessary to send the corresponding 4 copies of each published number to the DL Office.
The cancellation of the edition of any work (for example, the closing of the publication of a magazine) must be communicated to the DL Office, communication that the people or entities requesting the UPC can do by means of form of the SBPA.
Given that the SBPA has a courier service with which it can send the copies to the DL Office of the Biblioteca de Catalunya, applicants can send them by internal mail to the following address:
Physical copies must be delivered before two months, counted from the date of the application:
If, two months after requesting the DL number, the work has not been published, a new request must be made requesting an extension or cancellation. The extension will have a final duration of two more months.
At the end of this period, if the corresponding office does not receive any news, it will be able to initiate a sanction proposal that will have to assume the unit of the UPC applicant