You are welcome to copy and re-use material from the Library's collections provided you meet the requirements of the Australian Copyright Act 1968 and any special requirements that may apply to material that is rare, unique or culturally sensitive.
Information on copyright provided by the Library does not constitute legal advice. If in doubt, seek legal advice before copying a work.
The Australian Copyright Council provides many useful resources that explain how copyright law works and how this affects your use of material that may be protected by copyright.
The Copyright Status Tool
At the bottom of each record in the National Library's catalogue, you will see a tab entitled "Copyright Status." This information is also shown in the Copyright tab of the record in Trove.
The copyright status tool calculates an estimated copyright status based on information recorded in catalogue records using the MARC standard. This status is intended as an indicator only and should not be relied upon for legal decisions.
In cases where information required to calculate copyright status is missing or ambiguous, the estimate of copyright status may be inaccurate. If the work contains any underlying material, such as a script, music or illustration, these may have different copyright terms. If the calculator cannot make a determination, it will return a status of "undetermined" or “uncertain” and you should contact us for more information about copying.
The Australian Copyright Council's document on Duration of Copyright may be helpful when using the Copyright Status Tool.
Rights and our rare and unique collections
Find out how we balance copyright law with donors’ rights.
- Manuscripts Collection
- Maps Collection
- Music Collection
- Oral History and Folklore Collection
- Pictures Collection
Read about the basics of copyright law and how they apply in libraries
- About copyright
- How long does copyright last?
- Your responsibilities
- Copyright glossary
- Useful copyright resources
Learn about obtaining permission for copying and publishing
- What can I copy and re-use without the copyright owner’s permission?
- Do I need the Library’s permission as well as the copyright owner’s permission?
- Copying and re-using works with Indigenous content
- How do I find copyright owners?
Find out what you need to do to publish an item from our rare and unique collections