Maps Collections

How to get copies of maps

You are able to obtain and use copies of many maps from Library collections, however, it is your responsibility to check the copyright status of material.

Copies of maps can be obtained in a number of ways:

  1. Download
  2. Ordering digital images or archival prints
  3. Copy with your own equipment
  4. Purchase from the Library Shop

Download copies

Many maps are available for immediate download using our online catalogue.

  1. After following the instructions to search the online catalogue, Refine your results to only include 'Published Digital' items.
  2. Click on 'Online Access' to see the online version.
  3. When viewing the online version, you can then download a copy directly.
  4. If you require a higher quality version, record the File Number which is noted below the image and see Ordering digital images and archival prints.

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Ordering digital images and archival prints

You can ordering digital images (for the purpose of study and research) or prints of digital images that you’ve purchased from the Library's collections.

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Making copies with your own equipment

You may make copies of material for reference and research purposes using digital cameras, with permission from staff at the Special Collections desk.

Staff may need to consider copyright restrictions when handling your requests.

Purchase from the Library Shop

The Library Shop offers a print-on-demand service from the vast collections held in the State Library of New South Wales. We utilise the latest digital printing processes and highest quality materials to produce our archival prints.

Original material from our collections varies in proportion. We print as large as possible on international standard ‘A’ sized papers allowing a border for mounting/framing. For prints larger than A2 please contact us for a quote.

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Copyright protects maps and charts as artisitic works.  

  • If the map's creator died before 1955, the map is out of copyright.  If not, the map remains in copyright until 70 years after the death of the creator.  
  • If the map is a manuscript map, and has never been published, and the creator died more than 50 years ago, the map is in copyright but you may copy the map for the purposes of research and study or with a view to publication.  
  • Maps published by a Commonwealth, State or Territory government publisher are in copyright until 50 years after the end of the year the map was published. 

For a map in copyright, you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holder if you wish to copy the whole map.  More information is provided on our Copyright page.

If you wish to publish an item from the Library's Original Materials collections, you will need to obtain permission from the Library. More information is available at the Publishing and Permissions page.