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Electronic Legal Deposit


Under the terms of legal deposit legislation, the Library of trinity College Dublin is entitled to a free print copy of any UK or Irish publication or to electronic access to it but not to both. However, while the Library may have access to a book in electronic format on legal deposit, it is possible that the Library has purchased an additional print copy or a subscription to an electronic version. Print copies will have page numbers, can be photocopied or scanned (within copyright limits) and in many cases will be borrowable. Subscribed electronic versions will also have page numbers, can be downloaded (within copyright limits) and can be accessed from any computer connected to the University network and off-campus by current staff and students of the University.

Similarly, journals received on legal deposit in electronic format may also be held by the Library in print or be available online as part of a University subscription.

All versions of a publication, printed or electronic, held by or accessed through the Library are listed in Stella Search.

Note: the Library currently operates a Reader Recommendation scheme specifically for UK eLD books, with a link embedded in each relevant record in Stella Search, potentially leading to the acquisition of a print copy.