Copyright information

The State Library of Queensland has provided information on copyright to help you better understand how you may use material that you find on our website or in our catalogues. More general copyright information is also available.

Content on our website and blogs

Material published on this website and our blogs, including information, text, images, sounds and audiovisual material, is protected by copyright and, where applicable, moral and cultural rights.

All of the text published on this website is licensed using a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence. Under the terms of this licence you may distribute, remix and build upon the text from the site, but you must attribute the State Library of Queensland as the source of the information.

You may use other material on the State Library website for the purposes of private study, research, and criticism and review without permission. We ask that you acknowledge State Library of Queensland when you use material from our website. This material may not be reproduced or re-used for any commercial purpose whatsoever without written permission of the copyright holder. Enquiries about the use of material on the State Library of Queensland's website should be directed to:

Copyright Officer State Library of Queensland
P.O. Box 3488
South Brisbane 4101

Copyright enquiry form
Fax: 07 3840 7873
Phone: 07 3840 7666

The library collections

You are welcome to copy material from State Library’s collections without permission provided this copying is allowed using the exceptions in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth.). There may also be special requirements that apply to material that is culturally sensitive. If you are copying for other purposes you will need to obtain permission from the copyright owners before copying. We may be able to assist you in identifying copyright owners. Please see our general copyright information on copyright and copying library collections.


Most of the digitised photographs in the collection are out of copyright and you can print, copy or download them without asking for permission. Content that is in copyright may not be printed, downloaded or copied without obtaining permission from the copyright holder.

State Library offers a quality image order service that can be used by anyone wanting a higher quality image than can be printed or downloaded from One Search, our catalogue. If you wish to order a copy of any of the photographs in the collection simply click the "Order a copy" link located in the record in One Search. Images can be supplied as a print or a digital file. State Library does not charge reproduction fees for the use of images in its collection in publications, exhibitions or online.

Other digitised collections

Other digitised collections include books, music scores, posters, artworks, and unpublished materials such as personal papers, business records, church records, station records and oral histories. Much of this content is out of copyright and you can print, copy or download it without asking for permission. Content that is in copyright may not be printed, downloaded or copied without obtaining permission from the copyright holder.


When using digitised content from the collection we ask that you acknowledge the State Library in the following way:

Photographs: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: xxxxxx

Soldier portraits: State Library of Queensland

Other material: Title. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

If you are using content online we also ask that you provide a link back to the image in our collection in your acknowledgement - John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Neg: xxxxxx.

Titles, negative numbers and the links to digital items appear in the catalogue record in One Search.

eresources terms and conditions

Use of the eresources is governed by licence agreements between vendors or publishers and State Library of Queensland, and you need to comply with the terms and conditions of the licences.

Use must be for private research and study purposes, and by residents of Queensland only. No use is allowed for business, commercial or work-related purposes. State Library of Queensland's licence agreements do not permit use of these databases as teaching resources in classroom environments in schools and other educational institutions. A link to the SLQ eresources webpage or our OneSearch catalogue may be placed on the school website, but not to individual databases. Use is to be by the registered individual only - access is not transferable to other parties.

A limited amount of copying or reproducing of material from the eresources/databases is usually permitted for private research and study purposes only. You should read carefully any copyright or terms of use statements appearing within the databases and act in accordance with instructions.

The Commons on Flickr

Images from the State Library’s collection that are part of The Commons on Flickr are marked ‘no known copyright restrictions’, indicating that the State Library is not aware of any current copyright restrictions on these works. This can be because the term of copyright may have expired, or because no evidence has been found that copyright restrictions apply.

The images shared as part of The Commons are for personal research and enjoyment. The State Library does not warrant that the use of the images shared on The Commons will not infringe upon the rights of third parties, as yet unknown, who may own rights to these works. It is the user’s responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright and other use restrictions that may apply to these works.

Book cover images on the One Search catalogue

Images of books or other publications included on the One Search catalogue are displayed via an external link to Syndetic Solutions, a catalogue enrichment service provided by Bowker. All rights in such images are reserved by the original copyright owners. However, you may use, reproduce, or make copies of cover images, provided that the copies are made only for your personal, reference, scholarly, educational or other non-commercial use. For all other uses you must contact the copyright owner for permission. Please contact Syndetic Solutions for assistance.

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