Depository Services :: Sarawakiana
Legal Deposit Unit
Legal Deposit is a statutory provision, which obliges publishers to deposit copies of their publications in libraries in the country in which they are published.
Under Section 15 (1) of the Sarawak State Library Ordinance, 1999 requires the author or publisher of every printed library resource published in Sarawak to deposit 5 copies of print and 2 copies of non-print publication.
- To preserve the nation’s literary heritage and make them accessible for present and future generations
- To create standard bibliographic records of material published in Sarawak
- To maintain statistical records of material published in Sarawak
Benefits of Legal Deposit
- It ensures that a creator's work is not lost for posterity and that it is available for future research
- To accommodate the needs of worldwide researchers in gaining access, now and in the future, regardless of publication medium
- Records of Legal Deposit publications form the basis of Sarawak Bibliographic Database
- Records of publication can be access at a wider range and on the internet at
Promotion of Local Publication
- As an indirect marketing effort for local publication
Making a Legal Deposit
Complete a Legal Deposit Form (LD/F1/2011) and deliver to Pustaka Negeri Sarawak in person through post at one’s expense the best copies based on the following requirements:
- Printed Publications
Within one month of publication
- Serial Publications
Within one week from the date of publication
- Non-Printed Publications
Within one year of publication
Special Collection Unit
- Acquire special collections through purchase and bequest.
- Processing and preservation of special collections.
- To provide storage for Sarawakiana and Special Collections.
- Applying the best preservation practice for materials in various forms.
- Provide access to Public Records, Archives and Special Collections
- Provide guidance and assistance in reference services.
- Provide a comprehensive finding aids.
- Regulates awareness through exhibitions, talks, collaborations and other promotional programmes and activities.