The legal deposit is a collection of all publications in printed or digital format produced in Vaud canton since 1938. All publishers and printers in Vaud are legally required to submit one copy of each of their publications to us, according to the Act of 8 April 2014 on tangible and intangible heritage.
Historically, the legal deposit was established for censorship purposes – today, it aims to create an exhaustive collection of all publications produced in Vaud canton. Because of the focus on heritage, these documents are archived with a view to very long-term conservation and to ensure they are accessible to future generations.
We also promote them by publishing their bibliographical details in the Renouvaud catalogue.
We do not discriminate on the basis of content, form or function. As a result, we collect all kinds of documents published in Vaud canton:
- annual reports
- scientific reports
- exhibition catalogues
We archive everything from official and scientific publications to popular, fringe and limited distribution items.
Images and audiovisual items do not form part of the legal deposit.