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Wireless access & wireless printing

Our free wireless connection allows you to access the web (including web-based email), use our online catalogue, and search for journal articles and ebooks.

You can also print through the Library's wireless service. Use your laptop or other wireless device and connect. You can plug into a power point in any of our reading rooms.

Hotspots

There are wireless hotspots in all the public areas of the Library.

How to connect

  1. Make sure your mobile device has standard wireless capabilities (LAN card with 802.11b, 802.11g or 80211n) and a web browser installed.
  2. Choose State Library of Victoria from the list of available networks (RMIT students can also select the RMIT network).
  3. Open your web browser. The Library's wireless network access conditions and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Security Policy will appear.
  4. Read the wireless conditions and ICT security policy and accept them by clicking on 'I agree'. You will be redirected to the Library’s homepage and can start browsing from there.

LIMITED ACCESS

If you see a message saying 'Access has been denied', the content you are trying to access is either blocked for security reasons or is too large to download using the Library’s free wireless service.

AUTOMATIC DISCONNECT

The wireless service automatically disconnects if you don't use your keyboard or mouse for 15 minutes.

WIRELESS CONNECTION HELP

If you're having trouble connecting to the wireless service:

  • Try the direct URL https://slvwifi.slv.vic.gov.au
  • Try shutting down and then re-starting your wireless connection, then your browser, and, if those don’t work, your mobile device.
  • Try using a different browser if you have one.
  • Try moving to a different location within the Library.
  • Note that pre-configured proxy settings or wireless settings override the State Library wireless network settings. Make a note of your proxy settings before you remove them, as they may affect your home/office network.

If you are still having trouble try our help page.

Please note: the Library does not provide technical support for wireless users. If you have problems other than those listed, consult your user's manual, contact your hardware or software provider, or your preferred network administrator for further assistance.

Wireless printing

You can print from your laptop or other wireless device to any copier/printer in the Library using our wireless network. This service is provided to the Library by Bear Solutions.

To print, you need a copy card or any other magnetic strip card registered as your copy card (including a State Library of Victoria library card).

For full details on getting a copy card, adding credit, and copying and printing prices see our photocopying, printing & scanning page.

PRINT FORMATS

You can print the following formats from your wireless device:

  • Microsoft Office documents, including Word, Powerpoint and Excel
  • PDF files
  • BMP, TIFF, JPG and GIF files
  • web pages, as long as they are saved to your laptop.

TO SEND A PRINT JOB

  1. Go to the Bear Solutions 'WebSubmit' page.
  2. Log in using the print code on your nominated copy card. This will be either
    - the code on your copy, print & scan card
    - the number on any other magnetic strip card you have registered as your copy card.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to upload a document for printing.
  4. Select 'OK' to send the print job to the server.

Note: your print code is not retained.

PICKING UP YOUR PRINT JOB

Your print job won't print out until you release and pay for it – this can be done at any Library copier. You must do this within 12 hours or your job will be deleted from the copy system.

Your account is not charged until you release and print, so you can send your document to the server, then add credit to your copy card before printing.

At any Library copier (for colour printing go to the Copy centre):

  • swipe your card down the right-hand side of the card reader on the copier
  • on the card reader, select 'Print Documents' by pressing 'OK'
  • select your document/s by scrolling with the up & down arrows, then press 'OK' (to print all documents at once, press the 'Rel. All' button)
  • when finished, press 'CLR'.

Note: the screen displays the credit balance on your card. You must have enough for the document/s to print when you press 'Release'; if not, end your session and add credit at the card cashier or online (see our photocopying, printing & scanning page).

Conditions & restrictions

All printing must comply with our copying regulations, including copyright law and restrictions on some items. (Copyright information is posted near all photocopiers.) You cannot reproduce, including on websites, any copies you make without our permission.

Please see our photocopying, printing & scanning page for the full terms & conditions that apply to this service.

Disclaimer

The State Library of Victoria does not accept responsibility for any loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, service interruptions, technical difficulties or transmission of viruses.