The Legal Deposit Libraries Act of 2003 updated the Copyright Act 1911 to make provision for non-print publications (excluding audio-visual materials). At midnight on 5/6 April 2013, new legislation came into force allowing the Bodleian Libraries and the other Legal Deposit Libraries in the UK and Ireland, to access electronic books, articles, web pages and other electronic documents published in the UK. This legislation is known as The Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations 2013.
This is the electronic equivalent of print legal deposit, the legislation which has allowed the Bodleian Libraries to receive a copy of every item published in print in the UK since 1662.
At the Bodleian Libraries we refer to this new material as electronic Legal Deposit (eLD). Electronic legal deposit will provide the University, and scholars who use its libraries, with access to an organized and catalogued archive of the country's published output, which only five other libraries will share.