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Print, copy & scan

You will need a 'copy, print and scan' card to print from your own device or from a PC, or to copy or scan material to email or a USB device.

'Copy, print and scan' cards are available to buy for one dollar from these two self-service kiosks:

  • in the Newspapers and Family History Reading Room, Level 2A, the Collections zone
  • in the Copy, print and scan space, Level 2, the Quad.

Cards are pre-loaded with 40 cents printing credit.

Please bring one dollar exactly (silver coins are accepted) or use EFTPOS facilities to purchase a card, as the kiosks can't provide change for card purchase.

Add credit to a 'copy, print and scan card'

You can use the self-service kiosk in the Newspapers and Family History Reading Room or in the Copy, print and scan space to add credit to your card.

The kiosks can provide change for card top-ups (you don't need to use an exact amount).

Print from your own device

Please refer to the instructions on the back of your 'copy, print and scan card'. 

If you have credit on an older Library card, you can use this by going to the Unicard website

How to print

1. Bring up the document on your computer screen and select Print.
2. Enter the print code on your card to send the job to a printer. 
3. Collect your prints by swiping your card at any printer. If you selected colour, collect your job from the colour printer in the Newspapers and Family History Reading Room. 

How to copy

1. To activate the machine, swipe your 'copy, print and scan' card across the card reader to the right of the copier. 
2. Select the Copy function.
3. Choose your options (for example, how many copies you want to make) and press Start to commence copying.

Printer locations

Black-and-white printers are located in:

  • Newspapers and Family History Reading Room, Collection zone, Level 2A
  • Heritage Collections Reading Room, the Gateway, Level 2A
  • Copy, print and scan space, the Quad, Level 2.

There is one colour printer in the Newspapers and Family History Reading Room.

To find these locations, download a Library map below the 'More to explore' heading at the bottom of this page.

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.

Price list

Copy Card
$1 (includes 40c printing credit)
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 the State Library of 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.