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Print, copy & scan

The Library offers print, copy and scan services to all library users.

Services include:

  • printing from library PCs and directly from USB
  • web printing from personal devices and email
  • colour printing available from all locations.

Printer locations

Printers are available at three locations:

  • the Information Centre, Level 2
  • Newspapers and Family History Reading Room, Collections Zone, Level 2A
  • Heritage Collections Reading Room, the Gateway, Level 2A.

You can create an account, top up your account and release print jobs from a kiosk located in the Information Centre and Newspapers and Family Reading Room.

How to print

Printing is available to all library users with a library printing account. 

  • 1. Bring up the document on your computer screen and select ‘Print’.
  • 2. Select the desired print settings and choose colour or black & white printer.
  • 3. Enter your account ID in the pop-up print box to send your job to a printer.
  • 4. Go to the nearest printer and log in with your account ID to release your print job.

Printing from the web

You now have the option to send print jobs from your own device, no matter where you are.

If you already have a library print account:

  • 1. Log into the Web Print portal using your account ID. 
  • 2. Under the 'File print' tab upload document(s) using the 'Select files' button.
  • 3. Your uploaded files will display under 'Current activity' list, along with the print settings and total cost.
  • 4. Update the print settings as required using the 'Change' button.
  • 5. Log in to any library printer using your account ID and follow the prompts to release your print job.

Sending a job via email

If you have a library print account.

  • 1. When setting up your printing account, log into the Web Print portal and use the 'Email print' tab to link your email address to your account.
  • 2. Once completed, email your print job to using your registered email address.
  • 3. An email from SLV Printing will be sent to this address, confirming your print job. Tip: Remember to check your spam/junk folder if this doesn't appear in your inbox.
  • 4. Log in to any library printer using your account ID and follow the prompts to release your print job.

If you don't have a library print account or haven't registered an email address, you can still email your print job to the Library.

  • 1. Email your print job to
  • 2. An email from SLV Printing will be sent to your email address, confirming details of your print job, the total cost and a unique five-digit job ID.
  • 3. Go to one of the library print kiosks and select 'Release print job'.
  • 4. Enter the five-digit job ID listed in your confirmation email and pay for the job using eftpos. The document will print to the adjacent printer. 

How to photocopy

Black & white and colour photocopying is available from all printers.

  • 1. Log into the printer by entering your account ID or by scanning the barcode on your kiosk receipt.
  • 2. Select 'Copier' and use the printer settings to format your document output, as needed. 

How to scan

Scanning is available on all printers and is free. All you need is an account to log into the printer. You can scan to USB or to an email address. 

Price list

Please note: the Library's print system is a cashless service, with payments made through Eftpos.

Black & white copy/print
Colour copy/print
Scan to USB or email


Visitors to the Library must comply with special handling instructions or conditions specified by Library staff, the Commonwealth Copyright Act 1968, the Victorian Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014, the Library's by-laws and any intellectual property rights of State Library Victoria.

If you're unsure if you can photocopy an item, ask a member of staff for advice.

Making copies with your camera 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 7002.
  • 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.

Reproducing copies

Our collection contains thousands of items out of copyright and many more still under copyright restrictions. 

Generally, Australian copyright law allows you to copy or re-use in-copyright material for the purpose of research, study, criticism or review. 

If you're unsure whether you can reproduce copies of an item, see the 'Find an answer' pages on the Australian Copyright Council's website. Also see our Understanding copyright page and Glossary and useful resources for more information.