Publications subject to legal deposit

Retour au menu.Posters

A poster is a graphic representation, generally printed on paper, and may include images or text. Intended to promote an object or event, it is characterized by its short-term exposure and the wide variety of its subjects, which often have a wealth of artistic content.

Since 1992, two copies must be sent of all posters with a surface area ranging from 1,300 cm2 to 15 800 cm2.

Publishers who wish to do so can submit their posters by way of legal deposit through Publicité Sauvage, authorized intermediary of BAnQ.

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Retour au menu.Maps and plans

Any document whose purpose is to locate, according to their relative position, objects or phenomena traceable in space, i.e. geographic maps (topographic, hydrographic, cadastral and a variety of thematic maps), as well as plans (city, zoning and public transportation plans, etc.).

Since 1968, a single copy must be sent of all maps and plans. BAnQ recommends that publishers offer the second copy as a donation in order to supplement the collections made available to the public for on-site study.

Since 2004, maps and plans in digital format can also be deposited.

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Retour au menu.Postcards

An image reproduced on a card and designed to be sent by mail without an envelope.

Since 1992, two copies must be sent of all postcards.

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Retour au menu.Electronic materials on hand-held media and software

Electronic materials: A set of data entered and circulated on an electronic support medium, whether an original work or not (for example, an electronic version of a print publication).

Software: A set of programs designed to perform a particular process on a computer.

Since 1992, electronic materials on hand-held media and software are subject to legal deposit. Digital publications are excluded.

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Retour au menu.Sound recordings

A recording of sound without images. Such recordings can be made on a variety of support media, such as compact discs, vinyl albums, cassettes or reel-to-reel tapes.

Since 1992, two copies must be sent of all sound recordings.

Under partnership agreements, sound recording assignee producers of the Société de gestion des droits des producteurs de phonogrammes et de vidéogrammes du Québec (SOPROQ) can undertake their legal deposit through this organization.

The National music collection, located at the Grande Bibliothèque, provides a showcase for the heritage collection of sound recordings.

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Retour au menu.Prints

A print is an image printed on paper or on a similar support medium using one or several print elements on which surface an image was executed in such a way as to retain ink through print, serigraphy or lithography techniques. The print techniques imply manual and personal input from engravers in the production of these print elements and their printing (Nicole Malenfant, L'estampe, Québec, Publications du Québec, 1979).

Since 1992, prints are subject to legal deposit. Publishers (whether an artist, a gallery or a workshop) must deposit, free of charge, a single copy of any print produced in Québec.

  • Artists may send their works at any time. The members of the print acquisition committee meet periodically to recommend the prints of which a second copy should be acquired by BAnQ.
  • Unique prints and monotypes are exempt from legal deposits since they do not fall within the notion of "published material". However, they can be deposited on a consignment basis, to be proposed to the acquisition committee for purchase.

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Retour au menu.Films

A work produced by means of a technical process for a cinematographic result. This definition includes television programmes.

Since 2006, films produced with the financial assistance of the Québec government are subject to legal deposit. Television programmes are acquired though a sampling grid provided for in the Regulation respecting the legal deposit of films.

The Quebec government gave the Cinémathèque québécoise a mandate to preserve these productions. Go to the Cinémathèque's Web site for more information.

Retour au menu.Artists' books

An original published creative work, a work of art in which the text or the book as a medium constitutes a reference point for conceptual and plastic research. Designed by artists, who may join forces with book craftspeople (bookbinders, typesetters, printers and so on), artists' books are available in limited runs, sometimes in a single copy, and use a variety of production techniques. This definition also applies to book objects and artists' periodicals.

Since 1968, artists' books are subject to legal deposit. Considering the particular type of production represented by artists' books, only a single copy must be sent. The purchase of a second copy is left to BAnQ's discretion.

  • Artists may send their works at any time. The members of the artists' books acquisition committee meet periodically to recommend the artists' books of which a second copy should be acquired by BAnQ.
  • When only a single copy of an artist's book is produced, the book is not subject to legal deposits since it does not fall within the notion of "published material". However, it can be deposited on a consignment basis, to be proposed to the acquisition committee for purchase, or can be given to BAnQ as a donation.

Distinction between artists' books and bibliophile books

The artist's book is distinct from the bibliophile book which is more of a collector's item valued for its aesthetic and technical qualities. It is published in limited runs and kept for the quality or originality of its design and manufacture: outstanding illustrations, elaborate binding, use of handmade paper, inventiveness of printing or layout. In contrast to artists' books, bibliophile books are subject to the general legal deposit procedure. Therefore, they not evaluated by a BAnQ committee for acquisition purposes.

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Retour au menu.Books and brochures (monographs)

Book: a non-periodical publication of at least 49 pages bearing signs intended to be read.

Brochure: a non-periodical printed publication having at least 5 pages, but no more than 48 pages (cover pages excluded).

Since 1968, two copies must be sent of all books and brochures.

Since 2001, books and brochures in digital format can also be deposited.

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Retour au menu.Music scores

A music score is a series of staves on which all the instrumental and/or vocal parts of a musical work are written in vertical alignment one under the other so that the parts can be read simultaneously.

Since 1968, two copies must be sent of all music scores.

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Retour au menu.Performing arts programmes

A printed document indicating the place, date, title, author, cast and producers of a show.

Since 2004, two copies must be sent of all performing arts programmes.

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Retour au menu.Newspapers, journals and magazines (serial publications)

A periodical publication in any of a variety of forms—newspaper, annual or multi-annual publication (directory, index, annual report), journal, magazine or newsletter. Legal deposit is also required for serial publications appearing at irregular intervals.

Since 1968, two copies must be sent of all newspapers, journals and magazines.

Since 2001, newspapers, journals and magazines in digital format can also be deposited.

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Retour au menu.Art reproductions

An exact duplication of an existing image, without any interpretative input. It is done by photographic or photomechanical process, and involves no manual or personal input or intervention or choice in the presentation or organization of the image.

Since 1992, two copies must be sent of all art reproductions.

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