Do I need to submit my book to the Library of Congress?

Let’s start by clearing up any misconceptions:

  • You do not have to apply for copyright in order for your content to be protected. In the U.S. and many other countries, a copyright is created as soon as you create the work.
  • You are not required to submit your book to the Library of Congress in order to protect or register your book.

If you'd like your book to be available in the Library of Congress, you can absolutely submit it. Learn more about submitting a book to the Library of Congress, including their eligibility requirements

We suggest that you do your own research to verify any information provided here because requirements and restrictions may change over time.

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