Printing and copying
The library offers pay-as-you-go printing and copying facilities, with concessions for disabled students
How to print and copy
There are two devices for printing, copying and scanning in the library for use by members during library opening hours. These use the PrintMe system for copying and printing, which offers payment by debit or credit cards (including contactless). PrintMe allows you to print jobs from your own device, as well as the library PCs. You must also comply with copyright regulations when copying or printing, details of which are displayed next to the machines.
Please note: documents with added password protection cannot be printed using the PrintMe system. Password protection will need to be removed from the document before sending it for printing.
Most students won’t need to register for a printer login – instead, you will pay as you go for any printing or copying you do. Disabled students should contact the library about a login to get reduced-price copying and printing. Get more information on how to print from these links:
- step-by-step guide to printing from a library PC
- advice on printing from your own device
- information on concessions for disabled students
Charges and payment authorisations
Costs are per page of the document being copied or printed. Our printers default to black and white, but colour is available at extra cost. Disabled students should contact the library about concessionary rates.
- A4 B&W 10p
- A4 Colour 15p
- A3 B&W 15p
- A3 Colour 20p
On tapping in with your payment card or device on the card reader, you will see authorisation for the maximum amount you can spend in one session. But you will only pay for the copies and prints you actually make.
The authorisation process when you tap verifies that a payment card is valid and has sufficient funds to complete the transaction. If approved, the authorised amount is held until your transaction is completed – so when you print or make copies the maximum authorisation amount (currently £10) is replaced by the amount you actually spent. If you touch in with your card but choose not to print or copy, the maximum amount is held as a pending transaction until an expiry time is reached, which is usually 7 days for Visa and MasterCard.
Please note: the authorisation charge will not be payable by you, but it might affect the amount available you have to spend on your card while waiting for it to expire. Please contact the library if you have any concerns.