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Electronic Legal Deposit for Readers and Reading Room Staff: In brief

for readers and reading room staff

electronic Legal Deposit

Legal Deposit material available in the Bodleian Libraries is now deposited in print or digital format.

Without recent Legal Deposit legislation the Legal Deposit Libraries would not be able to collect and give access to this incredible resource.

Legal Deposit digital material is not the same as commercially available digital material, it is a special collection that has legal restrictions on use.


In brief

eLD items can easily be identified by the flag 'Online access is restricted to library computers in any of the Bodleian Libraries'.

Electronic Legal Deposit items are materials which Oxford has received under Legal Deposit legislation which entitles the Bodleian Libraries to a copy of every item published in the UK. These materials are subject to a number of restrictions under UK Law including:

  • You can only access electronic Legal Deposit on public computers in any of the Bodleian Libraries
  • Only one person at a time can view each item, and there is no time limit set (within a day) for how long an item can be consulted. However, you will be timed out after 5 minutes of inactivity. Once an item has been closed down (or has timed out) it will become available to another reader. 
  • There is no restrictions to the number of electronic Legal Deposit items you can view in a day.
  • Digital copying is not permitted under current legislation. You cannot copy and paste, take a screenshot, download or scan material. 

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