We have collected all commercially published music in Denmark as part of the preservation of the Danish audiovisual cultural heritage since 1997. Learn how to deposit released music on physical media.

Employee between the music collection's shelves

Photo: Thomas Søndergaard

All music releases on physical media (CD, vinyl and the like), which contain material where, for example, performer, composer or lyricist is connected to Denmark, must be submitted in two copies to Royal Danish Library.

We keep the collected material in our music collection.

Legal deposit of music on physical media

The person who produces the finished copy for release is responsible for the material being handed over to Royal Danish Library. Often it is the publisher or the artist who arranges the deposit, but it can also be the producer.

If there is any doubt as to who the producer is, the publishers must ensure that the legal deposit takes place.


A deposit includes two copies and can take place continuously or no later than six months after publication. Contact us if a different agreement is needed.


The individual producer / publisher has a responsibility and duty to collect and send the material to us. We pay the shipping costs.


The material is sent to:


Royal Danish Library
Chr. Brygge 8
1219 København K

Suppliers receive confirmation of receipt via email

You also have the opportunity to deposit small deliveries to us personally. Remember to write "Legal deposit" on the package to ensure that the material ends up in the right place in the library.

Return labels and delivery lists

We cover the costs of sending legal deposit materials. You print the package labels yourself, which are used for shipping.

You can download a package label here.

Along with the submitted materials, a list of what is submitted must be attached. If you need a template, you can download it here.

About legal deposit