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Library Amendment Bill 2019

Library Amendment Bill 2019

We’re thrilled that the Library Amendment Bill 2019 passed NSW Parliament today, a decision vital to the future development of the State Library’s collections for the people of NSW and beyond.

This Bill will enable the Library to collect, maintain, preserve and make accessible New South Wales electronic publications for readers and researchers now and into the future. 

Under the previous legislation, the Copyright Act 1879 (NSW), only print publications were subject to legal deposit. The bill places the legal deposit provisions into the Library Act 1939 with the Copyright Act 1879 (NSW) being repealed.

State Librarian John Vallance said the decision was “a powerful bipartisan demonstration of confidence in the importance of libraries and proof that they stand outside of party politics!”

Special thanks to Brendan Somes, our Collection Strategy Specialist (pictured), and the Library team for guiding the complex process which led to today's landmark passing of legislation. 

The Bill now awaits assent to make it an Act of Parliament.