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 details, see our wi-fi-specific conditions.

For more information on using the Library's wi-fi, visit our help page.

Using our PCs

PCs for general internet browsing are available in the Information Centre. Bookings can be made at the reservation PC nearby for a 20-minute or 45-minute session.

Please note that as our PCs do not run Microsoft Office software, it is not possible to edit Word or Excel documents. However, you are able to view and print these documents.

Print, copy & scan

Copy cards

To print, copy or scan, you first need to add credit to your Library membership card or purchase a Bear Solutions copy card from the Copy Centre, which is in the Information Centre, next to the Family History & Newspapers Room. Copy cards cost 30 cents.

To add credit to your Library card or copy card, use the card cashier machine in the Copy Centre. The machine accepts cash and major credit and debit cards with a PIN but does not give change. There is also a machine that accepts coins.

You can use your Library or copy card to:

  • print in colour or black and white from a Library PC, your laptop or USB drive
  • copy printed material in colour or black and white
  • scan printed material to a USB drive

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
  • in the information room in the La Trobe Reading Room

There is one colour printer in the Information Centre copy room.

Note: Your print job will not print out until you release it – this can be done at any of the Library printers listed above. Your print job will be saved on the server for 12 hours. As your account won't be charged until your print job is released, you can send your document to the server, then add credit to your card before printing.

Printing from a Library PC

  • At the PC: click 'Print' or ‘File>Print’ to bring up the 'print' window. Click 'OK' to proceed.
  • Click in the 'Print Code' box and log in by entering the print code on your copy card or your Library card number (shown under the barcode). Click 'OK' on this screen and the next.
  • Change the print settings if necessary and click 'OK' to send the print job to a printer.

Printing from your own device

  • Save the document you wish to print as an uploadable file. Formats accepted include Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint and Excel); PDF files; BMP, TIFF, JPG and GIF files; and web pages saved as screen shots in a Word document.
  • Go to the Bear Solutions 'WebSubmit' page and log in by entering the print code on your copy card or your Library card number (shown under the barcode). Click on the 'Login' button.
  • Click 'Browse' to select the document that you wish to print, then click 'Open' and 'Upload'. Click 'Next' on this screen and the next, then click ‘Print’. Confirm your print request by clicking on the 'Finished' button.

At the printer

  • Go to any Library printer to release and collect your black-and-white printouts. For colour printing, go to the Copy Centre.
  • Swipe your Library card or copy card through the blue Bear Solutions card reader attached to the right-hand side of the printer.
  • Select 'Get Print Jobs' by clicking on the 'OK' button, then select the document/s you'd like to print and press 'OK'. To print all documents, touch the screen under 'Rel. All'.
  • Your card's credit balance will be displayed on the printer screen. If you do not have enough credit, press 'CLR' to end your session and charge your card using the Copy Centre's cashier machine.
  • When you have collected your printing, end your session by pressing the 'CLR' button on the reader.

Copying and scanning

  • If scanning, insert your USB drive in the front of the copier.
  • Swipe your Library card or copy card through the blue Bear Solutions card reader attached to the right-hand side of the copier, select 'Do Copying/Scanning' and press 'OK'.
  • Use the copier controls to change the settings if necessary (default is black-and-white A4, double-sided).
  • To save to a USB drive, press the 'User Box' button on the copier controls, then select 'Save Document', 'External Memory' and 'OK'. If required, change the document name and settings using the copier controls. Press 'Start/OK'.
  • End your session by pressing the 'CLR' button on the reader.

 Note: If you leave the copier idle for more than a minute, it will log you out. Just swipe your card again to log back in.

Price list

  • Black-and-white copy or print: A4 $0.15, A3 $0.25
  • Colour copy or print: A4 $2, A3 $4
  • Scan to USB drive: A4 & A3 $0.10
  • Black-and-white copies from microform: A4 & A3 $0.50

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.

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.