Copying of Archives

The copying of original archival materials from the State Records Office collection is permitted under certain circumstances. Clients should be aware that permission to copy original material must be sought from State Records Office Enquiry Desk staff in the first instance, and that State Records Office staff retain the right to refuse permission to copy original materials.  All copying is subject to the Copyright Act. In all instances permission to copy original materials must be sought from State Records Office staff.

The following methods for copying original materials are available to researchers:

Digitisation of ArchivesA digitisation service is offered for clients wishing to obtain digital copies of State archives.

Photographing Archives in the Reading RoomDigital cameras are encouraged by the State Records Office, on the condition that the flash button is turned off. For clients who do not own a digital camera, two cameras on stand mounts are available in the search room. Digital images can saved to a USB (thumb) drive. State Records Office staff can advise clients further on this matter.

Microform Copies: Records that are available on microfilm, microfiche, or in other microforms may be copied using the digital reader / scanner machines and the image saved to your thumb drive.

Please note, that for all copying equipment available in the State Records Office, clients may be asked to limit their use of that equipment to no more than fifteen minutes in the event that there is an overflow of clients wanting to use these services.

For more information on copying facilities contact the statff omn duty in the Reading Room or by telephone on (08) 9427 3600, via email at


Updated 20 July 2020