Service description

Submitting legal deposit copies of digital publications according to the Act on Collecting and Preserving Cultural Materials (Laki kulttuuriaineistojen tallettamisesta ja säilyttämisestä 1433/2007). Publications may be delivered to the Legal Deposit Office using an online form, or (upon agreement) through an SFTP connection, or in a data storage medium.

The aim of the service is to preserve Finnish digital publications and to make them available for researchers and other users today and in the future.

An online publisher is responsible for submitting digital publications, upon request by the National Library, if they cannot be harvested automatically.

The materials are described in the the national bibliography Fennica and in the national discography Viola, when applicable. Both are available for use through the National Library Search Service. Stored materials are available for local use on legal deposit terminals at the National Library and in other legal deposit libraries, the Library of Parliament, and the National Audiovisual Institute. 

Joining the service
  • Free of charge

The party responsible for submitting materials is responsible for costs incurred by the legal deposit.

Contact information
Legal Deposit Service
National Library
Legal Deposit Office, P.O.Box 15
00014 University of Helsinki
+358 (0)2941 44321 (arkisin/vardagar/weekdays 9-12)
Service users
  • Organisations
  • Private person
  • Enterprises

Online publishers, including aggregators, online bookstores and online music shops.

Steering responsibility

The National Library of Finland, the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Organisation model
  • Service is developed as part of basic operation of National Library
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