Legal deposit

Legal deposit

Legal deposit copies of all printed or digital publications that are produced in Luxembourg must be given to the library by the author, publishing house or printer.

The legal deposit regulation applies not just to books and periodicals but also to posters, postcards, municipal newsletters, musical scores, printed graphics, etc. The Luxembourgish Collection is also augmented by any works relating to the Grand Duchy that are published abroad.

Printed documents

All publications published in Luxembourg must be deposited with the National Library.

Start by making your legal deposit declaration online at MyGuichet.

Then hand in the copies at the reception desk of the National Library (small quantities), send them by post, or drop them off at the post office at the back of the building (rue Albert Borschette) between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm. The number of copies to be deposited depends on the type of document.

Make a legal deposit declaration

How many copies should be submitted?

4 copies:

  • Brochures
  • Books

3 copies:

  • Periodicals

2 copies:

  • Posters
  • Calendars
  • Illustrated postcards
  • Geographical maps
  • Choreographies
  • Musical scores
  • Maps
  • Printed out digital publications
  • Programmes of performances and other events
  • Reprints of books, with no changes other than spelling or typographical

1 copy:

  • Iconographic documents (prints, engravings, etc.)
  • Publications in Braille
  • Publications costing more than 200 €
  • Publications with a print run of less than 200 copies

Digital Publications

The National Library is developing an online legal deposit system for both paper and digital publications.

Currently, publishers or content creators can send digital documents (e-books, newspapers, brochures, articles, posters, etc.) by e-mail.

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