Electronic Legal Deposit items are materials that the Library has received under Legal Deposit Legislation. This legislation entitles the Library to a copy of every item published in the UK.
This material is not the same as commercially available digital material. Access is subject to a number of important restrictions:
- UK eLD materials can only be viewed on Library premises using Library devices (e.g. PCs and laptops);
- Only one person can view each item at a time;
- Digital copying is not permitted under current legislation. You cannot copy and paste, take a screenshot, download or scan material;
Some materials are accessible from anywhere in the world, including some websites in the UK Web Archive, and official publications licenced under the UK Open Government Licence. These currently represent a very small percentage of the overall Electronic Legal Deposit collections; the remote access is normally indicated by the wording of the access link in the records in Stella Search.