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Ordering copies of collection items

Digital copies of collection items can be provided to you in TIFF (highest quality, suitable for publication) or PDF format. Please note that some items can’t be copied; for example, because they are too fragile, rare or valuable.

Subject to copyright and our terms and conditions, you can order copies of:

  • pictures, maps and manuscripts
  • books, newspapers and journal articles.

How to place an order

Search our catalogue for the item you'd like to copy. If the catalogue results show that a free downloadable TIFF (high-quality image) or JPEG (lower-quality image) is already available, you don’t need to order a copy unless you’d like a custom version.

To place an order, you will need to be signed-in to our catalogue. If you are not already registered, you can become a Library member for free now. 

Open the full catalogue record to view the ‘Order a digital copy’ button and follow the prompts to complete your order.

If you have any problems placing an order, please contact us via the Ask a librarian service or email us at [email protected].

Once completed, you can track your order via your Direct Delivery account.

Track your order

For more information, read our frequently asked questions

Copying works with Indigenous content

Indigenous content held in our collections is different from non-Indigenous content. Many Indigenous laws and practices are not accommodated by the Australian legal regime, meaning that Indigenous people cannot always rely on the law to protect or recognise restricted information and knowledge structure.

In recognition of the need to consider both Indigenous and western laws, the Library abides by protocols and policies for the management of works with Indigenous content. These have been developed in consultation with Indigenous communities. They include assistance in deciding on the approach to copying works with Indigenous content.

One essential aspect when considering copying works with Indigenous content is the need to consult with the Indigenous community and obtain and record permission(s) for the specific uses required. This may take time, given many communities are widespread and on Country.

If you have requested a copy of a work with Indigenous content, the Library’s Koori liaison officer will contact you with information about the permission that may be required and advise on how to obtain this. You will need to allow time to obtain the permissions required and will need to provide proof of permissions to the Library before the copy can be supplied.

Price list

Original formatOutput formatPrice A$ inc GST
Books, journal articles and newspapers (per citation)


TIFF (high-quality)

$21.10 for 1-25 pages, $4.90 for each additional 25 pages or part thereof

$33.90 per page 

Pictures, photographs, maps & architectural drawingsTIFF (high-quality)$33.90 each
Manuscripts (text only)


TIFF (high-quality)

$21.10 for every 25 pages

$33.90 per page

Manuscripts (pictures, photographs, maps and architectural drawings)TIFF (high-quality)$33.90 per image
Microfiche mapsPDF$21.10 for every 25 pages

Delivery fees

LocationMethodPrice A$
All locationsFile downloadFree
State Library Victoria, MelbourneCollect in personFree
Australian states including VictoriaAustralia Post (standard)$11.30
Australian states including VictoriaAustralia Post (express)$17.10
InternationalAustralia Post (standard)$28.50

All prices are quoted in Australian dollars and all charges will be processed in Australian dollars. GST is removed from all international orders before payment.

Prices are subject to change without notification.

The Library will contact you if there are any changes to the total cost of an order.

Please note that it may take up to 30 working days to complete your request.

For more information, read our FAQs, phone our Direct Delivery service on 03 8664 7159 or email [email protected].