Legal Deposit

The Legal Deposit is a mechanism regulated by law and managed by theOffice of the Legal Deposit of the Biblioteca de Catalunya which obliges publishers and authors-publishers to submit a series of copies of their production to the Biblioteca Nacional de Catalunya.

This delivery guarantees the dissemination and conservation of bibliographic, audio, visual, audiovisual and digital heritage of Catalonia:

  • In the case of works with a certain dissemination, their legal deposit guarantees their consultation and preservation in the national libraries.
  • Additionally, in case of having to prove the authorship of the work, registration in the Legal Deposit would be more evidence to provide.

Once the work has been edited with the Legal Deposit (DL) and before its distribution or sale, the applicant must send to the Office of DL several copies of the same, 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 ...), format of the same (paper, CD ...), and / or is intended for sale or not.
  • Periodicals (journals, newspapers or yearbooks) are assigned a single number of DL 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 they can do by>.

Since the Libraries, Publications and Archives Service It 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:

UPC. Libraries, Publications and Archives Service
K2M building
Floor S1, Office S103-104
To the attention of Ester Badia

The copies must be delivered before two months, counted from the date of the application:

  • If after two months of having requested the DL number, the work has not been published, it will be necessary to make a new request requesting an extension or to notify its cancellation. The extension will have a definitive duration of two more months.
  • After this deadline, if the corresponding office receives no news, it may initiate a sanction proposal that will have to assume the unit of the UPC applicant

Last update: 09 / 06 / 2020