Ordering Digital Images from the State Library's Pictorial Collection
Images on the State Library of Western Australia website and catalogue database are available for you to save or print for research or study.
It is also possible to order digital images. To search our Pictorial Collection please choose the State Library Pictures option on our Catalogue.
- Ordering digital images
- Where to send your imaging service order form
- Reproducing images for commerical use
- Using images still in copyright
- Copyright Law
If you would like a high quality digitised image please complete the Imaging Services Order Form.
The State Library of Western Australia offers an express service on application for orders that need to be completed in 3 days. The application is assessed according to operational demands at the time.
Cost for Express Service is $50.00 per image.
VHS – DVD
It is possible to order titles that are on VHS (subject to copyright). The VHS will be converted to DVD and can take up to 4 weeks to be completed.
NO Express Service is offered and the cost is $50.00 per VHS.
Images can be produced on disc or sent electronically via FTP. You can choose to pick up the disc, or, have it posted at a further cost of $7.00.
The Library will accept imaging service order forms by email, fax and post.
- Email your order form to us at: email@example.com.
- Fax your order form to us on: +61 8 9427 3256
- Post your order form and payment (cheque, money order, credit card details) to:
Pictorial Public Orders
State Library of Western Australia
25 Francis Street
PERTH WA 6000
Ph: +61 8 9427 3450
To reproduce a picture in a book, website, merchandise (e.g. calendar), film or in any other format you will need to obtain written permission from us. Please complete the Imaging Services Order Form with details. To obtain a high quality digitized image for publication or display complete the Imaging Services Order Form then email, fax or post your order form and payment.
For images still in copyright, you will need to obtain clearance from the copyright holder to reproduce them. We will need to receive the copyright clearance in print format before we can supply the image. Pictorial Collection staff will determine the copyright status and supply contact details of a copyright contact where possible for you to seek permission. Library staff cannot arrange copyright clearance for you.
All orders must be pre-paid. Orders take 15 working days from receipt of form and payment to be processed. When completed, your order can be collected from the 3rd floor reference desk, posted to you (at your cost) or sent electronically (FTP).
Copyright law is very complex and constantly evolving. The information in this document is provided as guidance only and does not constitute expert or legal advice. If in doubt, always assume that a work is in copyright and seek legal advice before reproducing it.
A proportion of the works available online are in copyright and thus protected by the Copyright Act of the Commonwealth of Australia or by international copyright conventions. Basic information about the duration of copyright is provided on this page. You may also want to contact copyright collecting agencies such as VI$COPY: the Visual Arts Collecting Society, or visit the Copyright Agency Limited for more information on copyright.
The Copyright Act is applicable if a work was created or first published in Australia or if the copyright owner was an Australian resident or a person resident in Australia at the time of creation. Works created overseas are protected by international copyright agreements of which Australia is part. The information supplied in this document applies to Australian materials. Copyright protection may differ in other countries.
Copyright is the exclusive right to:
- reproduce a work in material form
- publish a work including in electronic form
- include a work in a television program or motion picture
Ownership of Copyright
In Australia, the artist or photographer owns the copyright in their work with the following exceptions:
- If the artist or photographer is employed by a newspaper or magazine under contract of service, the owner of the copyright is normally the owner of the newspaper or magazine
- If the artist or photographer is commissioned by another person to paint a work or take a photograph, that other person is the copyright owner (unless overruled by contract), not the artist or photographer
- In the case of photographs taken prior to 1969, the photographer is normally the copyright holder
Duration of copyright
The Australian Copyright Act defines a variety of materials with different copyright protection. Those that pertain directly to the Battye Library's Pictorial Collection are as follows:
Life of Author plus 50 years
- Engravings and other prints published during the author's lifetime
- Artistic works other than photographs and engravings and other prints
50 years from first publication
- Engravings and other prints first published after the author's death or in which the Crown owns copyright
- Photographs taken after 1 May 1969. An unpublished photograph holds copyright in perpetuity
50 years from making
- Photographs taken before 1 May 1969
- Artistic works (other than engravings and other prints) in which the Crown owns copyright
Period of protection in country of origin
- Materials not made or published in Australia.
Page last updated: Monday 5 November 2012