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Items with 'no known copyright restrictions'

Some items on the State Library of South Australia catalogue are designated as having 'no known copyright restrictions'.

Permission to use such items for any purpose, including publishing, is not required from the State Library however, certain conditions must be adhered to.

For all other items the Library requires that permission to publish is obtained prior to publication.

Requests for permission to publish

All requests for permission to publish should be made in writing, giving details of the item/s required and their proposed use. The requirement for permission to publish is based on ownership, not copyright, to ensure:

  • copyright and donor provisions are met
  • the State Library of South Australia receives due acknowledgement and promotion for use of material from its collections
  • material is cited in a way that ensures it can be found by other researchers.

A request for permission to publish/quote for copies form is available for this purpose.

Quote for Copy / Permission form

Each request is considered individually and the requester is notified in writing whether permission to publish has been granted, as well as conditions of use and the form of acknowledgment.


Allow up to two weeks for the assessment of a permission to publish request.

Upon receipt of payment, allow up to three weeks for the completion of a copy order, with a permission to publish request.


The Library no longer charges publication fees except under exceptional circumstances where a fee may be negotiated.

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