The State Library aims to make its collection widely accessible offsite. However, we are obliged to control the use of material that is either in copyright or culturally sensitive. Even those images that are available worldwide are subject to some conditions.
The various categories and conditions of use are detailed on the catalogue record of each item. These include:
Some items in the State Library catalogue are designated as having 'no known copyright restrictions'.
You will need to follow the no known copyright restrictions - conditions of use.
Permission to use these items for any purpose, including publishing, is not required from the State Library.
Use of digital copies of in-copyright material requires a request for permission unless the item has been designated as having 'no known copyright restrictions' or the use falls within an exception, such as research or study.
Ask for the State Library's permission, as a copyright owner may have allowed us to put a copy on our website – but not allowed us to authorise uses beyond research or study.
When you ask us for permission to copy the material, we will tell you whether any such restrictions apply.
This means that the collection item is only viewable within the State Library.
Any other use of the image is not permitted unless the copyright owner's permission has been obtained.
The State Library as the owner of the material requires users to obtain its permission for any further use such as publication.
Culturally sensitive images depict Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or aspects of their culture.
Users are warned that the database and associated images may contain names and photographs of Aboriginal people who have since died. This may cause sadness and distress to their relatives.
Care and discretion should be taken when viewing such records and photographs.
Any other use of the image is not permitted unless the permission of the relevant community has been obtained. This permission is required under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protocols for libraries, archives and information services which the State Library supports.
The image may also be in copyright, in which case any further use is not permitted unless the copyright owner's permission has also been obtained. The State Library as the owner of the material requires users to obtain its permission for any further use such as publication.
Australian copyright laws state that:
Conditions of use are shown on each image in our catalogue, including some which are restricted to viewing within the State Library.
Allow one week for receipt of a quotation of costs. If you accept the quotation we require prepayment before an order for copies can be placed. Allow another week for assessment of requests for permission to reproduce the material.
Upon receipt of payment up to five working days are required to produce copies. Extra time may be required for some types of requests. Postage can take up to four days.
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:
Find out how to seek permission to publish.