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 that do not fulfill the mentioned aims of diffusion: documents on internal subjects of organizations addressed to his personnel, publications of impressesion on demand, commercial catalogs, manuals of instructions ...
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, DL was no longer granted to online electronic publications, such as books or electronic journals, as these resources are captured by the Biblioteca de Catalunya to ensure permanent access and 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 the processing of the legal deposit (DL); not printers.
Therefore, each of the editing 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 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 published with the Legal Deposit (DL) and before its distribution or sale, the applicant must send several copies to the DL Office, which guarantees its preservation and conservation. as part of the bibliographic and documentary heritage.
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 to the entire work to be printed in each of its issues. However, even if the DL is the same, the corresponding 4 copies (or 1 copy in the case of e-journals) of each issue published in the DL Office must also be sent.
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 Intellectual Property Service (SEPI).
Since the Library, Publications and Archives Service has a courier service with which you can send copies to the DL Office of the Biblioteca de Catalunya, 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: