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Legal deposit

Legal deposit was instituted in France by the "Montpellier Ordinance" of 28 December 1537, and is currently governed by Act 92-546 of 20 June 1992 and its Implementing Decree No. 2006-696 of 13 June 2006, which was gazetted on 15 June 2006. The purpose of legal deposit is to build up the country's memory by collecting and conserving documents intended for public circulation. It makes it possible to draw up national bibliographies and ensures the possibility of consulting any work, while observing the legislation on intellectual property. The BNU in Strasbourg is the depositary for legal deposit by the printer for the Alsace region (Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin départements).


Legal deposit by the printer

The term "printer" is deemed to cover any professional printer, engraver, photographer or other person producing a work by using any printing or graphic art process of any kind, including photocopies. If the production of a work requires the collaboration of a number of printers, the deposit is made by whichever of them who supplies the final delivery to the publishing house (Art. 8.2 of the Decree of 31 December 1993 as amended by Decree No. 2006-696 of 13 June 2006, which lays down the statutory method for legal deposit).

To find out more

One copy of the document (including reprints, deluxe editions, runoffs of fewer than 300 copies, prints with a run of fewer than 200 copies) must be sent to the BNU at one of the addresses shown below.


For monographs, prints, posters, etc:


Strasbourg National University Library (BNU)
Legal Deposit Office
5 Rue du Maréchal Joffre
P.O. Box 51029
67070 Strasbourg Cedex
Tel.: +33 (0)3 88 25 28 22 / Fax: +33 (0)3 88 25 28 03
E-mail: depot-legal@bnu.fr


For periodicals:

Strasbourg National University Library (BNU)
Legal Deposit Office
9 Rue Fischart
P.O. Box 51029
67070 Strasbourg Cedex
Tel.: +33 (0)3 88 25 28 22 / Fax: +33 (0)3 88 25 28 03
E-mail: depot-legal@bnu.fr


Forms for legal deposit with the BNU by the printer for books and for periodicals

Legal deposit by the publisher

The term "publisher" is deemed to cover any professional publisher or any natural or legal person acting as such (printer, association, trade union, civil society, self-publishing author, main depositary of imported works, or public administration).



STATUTORY INDICATIONS that must be shown on documents subject to legal deposit

  • Books, booklets, periodicals
  • Cartographic documents
  • Printed music

POST FREE

The items may be sent post-free on condition that they clear bear the following indication:

"Franchise postale/ Dépôt légal Loi 92-546 du 20 juin 1992" (Post free / Legal deposit - Act No. 92-546 of 20 June 1992)

Other statutory legal deposits

  • For periodicals: legal deposit and other formalities (deposit forms)
  • For books: legal deposit
  • For publications intended for young people, with the Ministry of Justice (1949 Act)

ISBN/ISSN

The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) makes it possible to identify any printed book.
To find out more:

The ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) makes it possible to identify the title of any periodical publication. It is attributed at the time the legal deposit is made.
To find out more:

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