Printing and Photocopying

Creating an Account | Printing | Copying | Printer-Copier Locations

Last Updated: 1/7/09

Printing and Copying in the Library

  • Printing and copying at the CMU Library costs $0.10 per page (black and white). Color copying and printing is $1.00 per page.
  • Photocopies may be made using change or charged against a "printing account". Instructions are provided below for creating an account.
  • Printing is available from all workstations in the library. You must create a printing account in order to print in the library. Instructions are provided below for creating an account.
  • Seek assistance with printing and copying questions at the Reference Desk on the second floor.

Creating an Account

You may create your account using your University ID card, or any other card that has a magnetic strip on the back [e.g. Michigan driver's license, Kroger card, etc.].
Note: We do not recommend using your credit card or bank card because of the sensitive information embedded in them.

  1. Locate an "Add-Value" machine. Locations are listed at the bottom of the page.
  2. Follow the directions on the keypad to create your account.
  3. Use the touch screen to create a four-digit PIN number and then touch OK. Use only numbers; do not include letters in your PIN. Create a number that you will be able to easily remember.
  4. Reenter your PIN number to validate it, and then touch OK.
  5. When prompted, enter your email address and touch OK when finished. (If you forget your PIN, you can use an "Add-Value" machine to have your PIN sent to you via email; however, the email address you enter must be the same one you used when you set up your account.)
  6. Add value to your account by inserting cash into the bill accepter located in the middle of the machine or insert change into the coin accepter at the top of the machine. (You must touch Process to add a new account even if you do not deposit any money.) Important note: "Add-Value" machines cannot give change, nor can you receive refunds for adding too much money to your account.

Note:

  • Once you have established a printing account, you may always add additional funds to your card via the "Add-Value" machines.

Printing

  1. From any computer in the library, request your print job using the normal print commands for the program you are using. For example, in Word you would select Windows icon ... Print.
  2. At the print options box you will see three printer choices in the "Printer" section. The default option, "BLACK_AND_WHITE", is for regular black and white printing. For color printing, select "COLOR". To print SPSS files, select "SPSS_PRINTER."
  3. Once your print options are set, press the "OK" button.
  4. A blue and gray screen will appear indicating the cost of your print job.
  5. Click in the box marked "Please Enter Exact Account", and then swipe your card through the card reader below the monitor.
  6. Click in the box marked "Please Enter PIN #", and enter the number you created when you set up your account.
  7. Click in the box marked "Description" and provide a name for your print job It is a good idea to give each file you print a different description so you can distinguish one print job from another.
  8. Press the button marked "Send to Print Release Station".
  9. Go to any one of the "Public Copier/ Network Printer" rooms.
  10. At the printer/copier, follow the instructions onscreen and swipe your card through the card reader attached to the printer.
  11. When prompted, enter your PIN number and then touch "OK".
  12. Touch Print Jobs on the touch screen to print.
  13. Touch the box next to the document you wish to print.
  14. Touch Print to print your document.
  15. Once you have printed your document(s), you can delete it (them) if you wish. Your print job(s) will be automatically deleted from the system after 24 hours.

Note:

  • Regular black & white printers with 8.5"x11" paper are located in each printer room.
  • The color printer is located in the copy room on the south side of the second floor. Color printing costs $1.00 per page.
  • There are no other specialty (i.e. transparency, 11"x17", etc.) printers available.

Copying

  1. Go to any one of the "Public Copier/ Network Printer" rooms.
  2. At the printer/copier, follow the instructions onscreen and swipe your card through the card reader attached to the printer.
  3. When prompted, enter your PIN number and then touch OK.
  4. Touch Make a Copy on the keypad to enter copy mode.
  5. Place your document onto the copier and press the green "Start" button on the copy machine to make your copy.

Notes:

  • The system will automatically time out after about 30 seconds of inactivity. If this happens, you will need to re-swipe your card and re-enter your PIN to continue copying.
  • Regular black and white photocopiers are located in each copy room. The machines copy only onto 8.5"x11" paper.
  • At least one coin-operated copy machine is available in each copy room.
  • Specialty copiers including 11"x17" and transparency machines are located on the north side of the second floor and a color copier is on the south side of the second floor. Charges vary for the specialty copiers, but you must create a printing account to use them.

Add-Value Machines 4th Floor North
3rd Floor (Near Reserve Desk)
2nd Floor South
Main Floor
Extended Hours Study Room
Coin Operated Copiers 4th Floor South
3rd Floor South
3rd Floor North
3rd Floor (Near Reserve Desk)
2nd Floor South
Main Floor
Extended Hours Study Room
Change Machines
Quarters
4th Floor South
3rd Floor South
2nd Floor South
Extended Hours Study Room
Change Machine
Bills
2nd Floor South
Color Copier/Printer
Card Only
2nd Floor South
Transparency Machine
Card Only
2nd Floor North
Ledger Size Copier
Card Only
2nd Floor North

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