If you would like to copy any Fryer material, please ask a library staff member at the Fryer desk. Library staff can assist to ensure that copies do not damage fragile items, infringe donor or copyright restrictions. There are three ways to obtain copies:

Copying Service

Fryer library offers a copying service for material which is unique, requires copyright clearance, or is too fragile to photocopy. If you would like copies of unpublished or manuscript material, please complete a copy request form (below) and return it to us. Completed copy requests can be handed to staff on the desk or emailed to fryer@library.uq.edu.au.

Wherever possible, staff will assist you to secure copyright permission and copy material in a preservation safe manner. If you would like us to digitise materials on your behalf, please consult our schedule of charges.

Request copies of Fryer Library manuscript material

Obtaining copyright permission

Fryer library very rarely holds copyright for collection materials. Due to the current copyright legislation, in some cases (often unpublished material) Fryer must receive written proof of copyright permission before we can supply a copy of the item. However, library staff will be happy to assist you in contacting copyright holders, wherever possible.  As this can be time-consuming, please allow at least ten days for processing and inform us of any key deadlines.

Sometimes, unfortunately, donor restrictions or an inability to contact the copyright holder can result in us being unable to fulfil your request.

To find out more about copyright and permissions in Australia, visit the Australian Copyright Council website.  

Schedule of charges

Type of copy Sizes Exceptions Cost per page (including GST)
Photocopying  Up to A3 Not available for rare books or pre-1920
Digitisation (PDF) Up to A3
Files supplied as pdf only

Not available for rare books or pre-1920
High resolution digitisation Up to A0

Suitable for publication

An itemised quote for the cost of digitisation will be provided on request

$25 per request (includes 5 files)

$1 for each additional file requested

Audio-visual copying   Analogue format to digital file

$25 per request (includes 5 files)

$1 for each additional file requested

Delivery charges

Delivery option Cost per order (including GST)
Postage - Australia $3.00
Postage - International $6.00
Email delivery (digital files only) free


When your request is ready, Fryer staff will contact you with final online payment information.

Non-flash photography

Please check with Fryer staff to see if you can make copies with a digital camera (without flash).

Please observe all copyright guidelines. In particular, for manuscript and unpublished material, please ensure that you have copyright permission and have completed the copyright declaration on the copy request form.


You may photocopy published material, which is not fragile, according to current copyright guidelines. Please check with Fryer staff to ensure that your material meets the criteria. For example, fragile items such as rare books or pre-1920 publications are not able to be photocopied, for preservation purposes.