Are you a self-publisher? Here’s what you need to know!

Self-publishing is a fast-growing segment of the book industry. A variety of services now available online make it easier than ever to publish without working with a traditional publishing company. Library and Archives Canada (LAC) wants to highlight available services for this segment of the Canadian publishing community.


If you intend to offer your publication for sale in Canada, you will benefit by obtaining an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). Obtaining this product identifier is a free service that allows publishers to manage their ISBN account and logbook, to assign their ISBNs to future publications and to modify information about their publications.

More information about obtaining an ISBN is available on the LAC website.

Legal deposit

LAC accepts self-published books created to be sold or distributed to the public into its national collection via the Legal Deposit program.

More information about legal deposit is available on the LAC website.

Cataloguing in publication

LAC does not provide Cataloguing in Publication (CIP) for self-publishers. Authors of self-published books may consider approaching their local libraries or bookstores about opportunities to promote their works.

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