Use of legal deposit materials


Printed materials

Printed materials and recordings preserved according to the Act on Collecting and Preserving Cultural Materials (1433/2007) (available in Finnish and Swedish) are added to legal deposit collections at legal deposit libraries located around Finland.  

There are six legal deposit libraries in Finland: 

The materials can be accessed at a specific legal deposit library or at all of them. Publications deposited in six copies are available at all legal deposit libraries, whereas publications deposited in two copies are available at the National Library and the Turku University Library. Publications with only a single legal deposit copy are only available at the National Library.  

There are exceptions to this; for example the legal deposit copies of publications in Sami languages are sent to the Rovaniemi City Library (available in Finnish) instead of the University of Eastern Finland Library. Further, legal deposit copies of sound recordings published before 2008 can be studied at the Jyväskylä University Library in addition to the National Library.

Online materials

Online materials preserved by the National Library may be accessed at libraries with legal deposit workstations. In addition to legal deposit libraries, such libraries include the Library of Parliament and the library of the National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI).

More information on using legal deposit materials at the National Library is available on the customer service webpage Availability and use of materials