A few general points can be made about the printed collections which may be of use to researchers. Books and serials published in the United Kingdom come into the Library through legal deposit arrangements. A wealth of material relating to the Caribbean has been received in this way since the enactment of the Copyright Act of 1842.
Many of the best-known writers from the English-speaking Caribbean, for example, are published by British publishers. In addition, many foreign publishers with distribution offices in the U.K. also deposit their publications. This brings the titles of many of the North American University presses, for example, into the Library. Legal deposit was also extended to the British dominions and territories and some material published in the Caribbean was received under this Colonial legal deposit legislation. Other foreign material is acquired by purchase, exchange and donation, to meet as far as possible, the needs of researchers.
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