Service description

Submitting legal deposit copies of printed matters and recordings according to the Act on Collecting and Preserving Cultural Materials (Laki kulttuuriaineistojen tallettamisesta ja säilyttämisestä 1433/2007).

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. Legal deposit collections also include material that would otherwise quickly become unavailable or that other libraries do not collect. .

Party responsible for submitting materials is:

  • the manufacturer, if the publication or recording is manufactured in Finland
  • the publisher, if the publication or recording is manufactured abroad but intended for distribution in Finland
  • the importer, if the publisher has no office in Finland.

Legal deposit copies of materials produced in Finland are submitted to the National Library four times a year: in January, April, July and October. Materials produced abroad are submitted within 30 days of the import date of the material. When necessary, different deposit schedules can be negotiated.

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 in the National Library of Finland and in other legal deposit libraries.

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
  • Enterprises
  • Private person
  • Organisations

Manufacturers, publishers, and importers of publications.

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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