Wi-fi, internet & printing

Free wi-fi

We provide free, high-speed wireless access in all of the Library’s public areas.

To connect, select the State Library Victoria network and open your web browser – the Library’s wi-fi access page will appear. Complete our quick, two-step log-in process and you will be redirected to the Library’s homepage. You are now free to start browsing.

The Library has plenty of AC power points and you can also print from your device using the Library's wireless print and copy service.

The wireless service will automatically disconnect if your device is idle for 30 minutes. Please note that the Library is unable to provide technical support for wireless users.

For more information, visit our help page.

Using our PCs

PCs for general internet browsing are available for 15-minute sessions in the Information Centre. PCs can be booked for 60-minute sessions in the Redmond Barry Reading Room. Our PCs do not run Microsoft Office software, so it is not possible to use Word or Excel programs.

Print, copy & scan

Copy cards

If you already have a Library membership card, you don’t need to purchase a separate copy card.

To print, copy or scan, you first need to add credit to your Library card or purchase a Bear Solutions copy card. Copy cards cost 30 cents and can be purchased from the copy room in the Information Centre, next to the Family History and Newspapers Room. To add credit to your copy card or Library card, use the Card Cashier machine in the copy room. The Card Cashier machine accepts cash and major credit and debit cards with a PIN but does not give change. There is also a cashier machine that accepts coins.

Once you have credit on your copy card or your Library card, you are ready to scan, photocopy and send print jobs from our PCs or wirelessly from your own device.

Printer locations

Black-and-white printers are located in the copy room in the Information Centre, at the back of the Redmond Barry Reading Room and in the information room in the La Trobe Reading Room. There is one colour printer in the Information Centre copy room.

You can use any of these printers – simply activate the print job by swiping your Library card or copy card at the printer of your choice.

Printing from one of our PCs

  • At the PC: click 'print' or ‘File>Print’. From the 'Bear Print Anywhere' window, login using the print code on your copy card or your Library card number (shown under the barcode)
  • Change the print settings or click 'OK' to send the print job to a printer
  • At the printer: swipe your card at any printer, select your print job and press ‘OK’

Printing from your own device

  • Save the document you wish to print as an uploadable file (PDF, JPG or doc)
  • Go to the Bear Solutions 'WebSubmit' page and login using the print code on your copy card or your Library card number (shown under the barcode)
  • Send your print job by choosing the file and uploading it. The printing fee will appear. Click ‘Print’.
  • At the printer: swipe your card at any printer, select your print job and press ‘OK’

Copying and scanning

How to copy or scan

  • Swipe your Library card or copy card down the right-hand side of the card reader on the copier. IMPORTANT: if you leave the machine idle for more than a minute, it will automatically log you out. Just swipe your card again to log back in.
  • Set your requirements (default is black-and-white A4, double-sided) and the number of copies using the printer keypad
  • Before leaving, press ‘Clear’ to log out from the Bear Solutions card machine

How to scan to a USB

  • Swipe your Library card or copy card down the right-hand side of the card reader on the copier. IMPORTANT: if you leave the machine idle for more than a minute, it will automatically log you out. Just swipe your card again to log back in.
  • Insert your USB in the copier and press the 'User Box' button on the printer reader
  • Select 'External Memory' then ‘Save Document’
  • You can change the name of your document from the default by using the printer keypad if you wish
  • Press ‘Start/OK’

If you have any problems, just ask an attendant at the collections desk opposite the copy centre and they will be more than happy to help.

Legalities

Visitors to the Library must comply with special handling instructions or conditions specified by Library staff, the Commonwealth Copyright Act 1968, the Victorian Information Privacy Act 2000, the Library's by-laws and any intellectual property rights of the State Library of Victoria.

If you're unsure if you can photocopy an item, ask the staff at an information desk for advice, or view our copy price list.

General camera use

You can use your camera to photograph the building anywhere except the Keith Murdoch Gallery.

Camera use in collection areas

Certain restrictions apply to making copies via your camera in the Library. 

Due to copyright and privacy restrictions related to the Australian Manuscripts and Pictures Collections, you will need the authorisation of the Collection Manager before copying collection items. Restrictions also apply to copying Heritage Collections Reading Room material such as pictures, maps, rare books and manuscripts. For details, please ask Heritage Collection staff or phone 03 8664 7009.

In some cases you can only copy materials with your camera under the supervision of Library staff, and a supervision fee will be charged.

Staff may withdraw permission to use a camera in the Library at any time.

Please note that you cannot reproduce any copies you make (in print or online) without our permission.

Commercial photography & filming in the library

Commercial filming and photography requests can be made to our venue hire team, and photography requests from the media can be made to our media officer.