As a legal deposit library, the National Library of Scotland has the right to collect electronic publications and to harvest content from the worldwide web.
The Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print) Regulations 2013 ensure that the UK's digital published output can be captured, preserved and made available for study.
They bring electronic publications into line with printed material, which legal deposit libraries have been entitled to collect for more than 300 years.
The non-print regulations 2013 cover:
- Digital newspapers
- Digital maps.
Making collected electronic material available
The regulations apply to six legal deposit libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the National Library of Scotland.
They have been working closely to design and deliver the systems needed to collect electronic publications and web material and make it available to the public.
How the non-print system works
Find out how the non-print regulations affect you if you are:
- A visitor to the National Library of Scotland's reading rooms — Using e-legal deposit material at the Library
- Someone who publishes material the UK — Guide for publishers
Find out more in our introduction page:
Note for publishers: There is no change to the arrangements in place to collect legal deposit copies of printed publications. For more information see our Guide for publishers.