The legal deposit is a mechanism regulated by the Law 23 / 2011, of 29 July, of legal deposit, which obliges publishers and authors to deliver a series of copies of their production to the Biblioteca Nacional de Catalunya, which guarantees the dissemination and preservation of the bibliographic, audio, visual, audiovisual and digital heritage of Catalonia.
The obligatory nature of the DL of the publications depends on its purpose of dissemination or distribution (in case of doubt, the direction of the Library of Catalonia is the one who determines it).
On the other hand, they are not obligated documents They do not comply with the mentioned purposes of dissemination: documents on internal affairs of organizations aimed at their staff, print-on-demand publications, commercial catalogs, instruction manuals ...
This delivery guarantees the dissemination and conservation of bibliographic, audio, visual, audiovisual and digital heritage of Catalonia:
As of 25 of October of 2015, as it establishes the Royal Decree 635 / 2015, it was no longer granted a DL number to electronic publications online, such as electronic books or journals, since these resources are already captured by the Library of Catalonia to guarantee their access and permanent preservation [arts. 7, 8 i 10]:
As determined by Law 23 / 2011, from 29 July, of legal deposit, the publishers of the works are responsible for the processing of the legal deposit (DL); no printers
Therefore, each of the editing units of the UPC (basic, functional or other units) you must request the DL of your 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 requesting a Legal Deposit (DL), the publishing units of the UPC They should be very aware that, as established by the DL Office website:
DL B. 8411-2012
DL B (number) -2014 (I)
DL B (number) -2014 (II)
DL B (number) -2014 (III)
Once the work has been edited with the Legal Deposit (DL) and before its distribution or sale, the applicant must send several copies to the Office of DL, which guarantees its preservation and conservation As part of the bibliographic and documentary heritage.
The breach of the delivery of the copies is subject to sanction by the Office of DL, sanction that will have to assume the unit of the UPC applicant Therefore, it is very important to keep in mind that this delivery of copies is mandatory, regardless of the type of publication (book, magazine, plan ...), the format (paper, CD ...), and / or be intended for sale or not.
Periodicals (journals, newspapers or yearbooks) are assigned a single DL number to the entire work to be printed on each of their numbers. However, even if the DL is the same, the corresponding 4 copies (or 1 copy in the case of e-journals) of each number published in the DL Office must also be sent.
The annulment of the edition of any work (for example, the closing of the publication of a magazine) must be communicated to the Office of DL, communication that the people or entities requesting the UPC can do by means of form of the Intellectual Property Service (SEPI).
Since the Library, Publications and Archives Service has a courier service with which you can send the copies to the Office of the DL of the Library of Catalonia, applicants can send them by internal mail to the following Address:
The copies must be delivered before two months, counted from the date of the application: