Aussie Lending Rights Programs Reminder

Do you have a book (or more) at the National Library Australia and your State Library, as per the new legislation of making a Legal Deposit, effective from this year (2016)? If you do, the Australian Government - Lending Rights Programs could well benefit you. 

I recently wrote about making a Legal Deposit here:  Aussie Legal Deposit Reminder -


According to the Australian Government – Dept. of Communication and The Arts, Lending Rights Programs, website: http://arts.gov.au/literature/lending_rights

‘If you are a book publisher or creator – author, editor, illustrator, translator, or compiler – you may be eligible for a payment under the PLR (Public Lending Rights) and ELR (Educational Lending Rights) programs.’


The easiest way to make a claim is online via LRO (Lending Rights Online) - https://lendingrights.arts.gov.au/lendingrights/ (posted claim forms are also available by phoning 1800 672 842).

After a claim is made and approved, you will receive a claimant number and password to access LRO, where you will be able to submit new title claims, update your own contact and bank details, and view your payment history (after receiving your first payment).


The closing dates to submit title claims for the 2016 – 2017 lending rights programs, is 31st March 2016. Late claims cannot be accepted.

Title claims for books published between 2010 and 2015 are now being accepted.


The programs are designed to be of benefit to book publishers and creators, now that it is a legal requirement to send a copy of a book to federal and state libraries, where income is lost through lending.

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Aussie Legal Deposit Reminder

I came across some recent information from the National Library Australia, regarding making a Legal Deposit, when buying additional ISBN’s at ThorpeBowker in 2015, and shared it on my social sites. However, as social site posts generally ‘get lost’ unless bookmarked, I decided to post it here (to remind myself in any case). To validate the information, I went back to the site, and discovered it has also now been updated. 


According to the National Library Australia website: http://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit/what-is-legal-deposit

‘Legal deposit is a requirement under the Copyright Act 1968 that has enabled the National Library of Australia to collect Australian publications for more than 100 years. It ensures that a comprehensive collection of published material relating to Australia and its people, is preserved for the community and future generations.

On 17 February 2016, the legal deposit provisions were extended to cover the online publishing landscape. This includes all Australian print and electronic books, journals, magazines, newsletters, sheet music, maps, websites and public social media. Legal deposit applies to any Australian person, group or organisation that makes this material available to the public for sale or for free.

Legal deposit applies to online and offline Australian publications, and a work is published, if it is made available to the public for sale or for free. This includes: websites, books, journals, sheet music, maps, magazines and newspapers - all works published in Australia, including works published by Australians on websites and hosted on overseas self-publishing platforms.'


A very helpful diagram is supplied to help ascertain if a legal deposit is required: 


If you publish offline, you are required to deliver a physical copy to the Library within one month of publication. Send one copy of your publication to the relevant address (listed on the site): http://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit/how-to-deposit

If you publish online, you are required to deliver an electronic copy only if you receive a request from the National Library, within one month of the request. Deposit ebooks, electronic journals, magazines and newsletters using the edeposit service: http://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit


In addition to depositing with the National Library of Australia, you will also need to deposit with your home state or territory (addresses supplied): http://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit/australia-wide

FAQ’s - Legal Deposit frequently asked questions: http://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit-faq


National Library Australia website: http://www.nla.gov.au/legal-deposit
The National & State Libraries Australasia: http://www.nsla.org.au/legal-deposit-australasia

UPDATE (28.3.2016): See also, Aussie Lending Rights Programs Reminder - 

© Copyright Jan Reid-Lennox. All Rights Reserved.