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Legal deposit has existed in English law since 1662. Every new publication and every new edition of a publication, each of which may contain corrections, amendments or additional content, is liable for deposit.

International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs)

An ISBN is a 13-digit code which identifies a specific edition of a book title from one specific publisher and is unique to that edition.

ISBNs for UK publishers are issued by:

UK International Standard Book Numbering Agency
3rd Floor
Midas House
62 Goldsworth Road
GU21 6LQ

Tel: +44 (0)1483 712 215


Web: Nielsen ISBN Store

International Standard Serial Numbers (ISSNs)

An ISSN is an 8-digit code which identifies a serial publication, i.e. a publication issued in successive parts, having a common title, and intended to be continued indefinitely. ISSNs are issued by:

ISSN UK Centre
The British Library
Boston Spa
West Yorkshire
LS23 7BQ

Tel: +44 (0)1937 546959