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Australian libraries join forces to build national digital collection

Wednesday 14 August 2019

Australia’s national, state and territory libraries have come together in a world-first collaboration to build a national digital collection, with the new National edeposit service (NED) launching this Friday 16 August.

For more than 100 years, publishers have been legally required to deposit published works in Australian libraries. With the creation of NED, Australian libraries now have the digital infrastructure to preserve Australia’s documentary heritage for future generations, in the same way they always have for print.

Australian publications in electronic form will be captured and made available through NED. Booklovers, researchers and curious minds can find Australian literary works alongside everything from the government’s Australian Antarctic Strategy to newsletters, fanzines and community publications like Radio-gram: news from the Perth Vintage Wireless and Gramophone Club.

Publishers and authors can now upload electronic books, journals, magazines and newsletters through the NED website. Depending on the publication’s level of access, the general public can access the collection online through Trove or onsite in their national, state and territory libraries.

Read more about NED here.

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