Printing Options in the Library

The Library offers the following printers, if you would like help in choosing which printer is best to use, ask the staff for help:

Black Commons

  • black and white laser printing on letter size paper
  • from PCs, Macs, laptops
  • this is the default printer for PCs and Macs in the Learning Commons
  • located in the "printing and paper supply" zone in the Learning Commons
  • cost is $0.11 per page for either single-sided or double-sided (aka duplex)
  • choose the print queue labeled "Black-Commons1-Single-Sided" to ensure a single-sided result, otherwise your results depend on software settings
  • this queue feeds two identical Konica laserjets next to each other - check other if your job is not at one, or the nearby table

Colour Commons

  • an HP colour laserjet printer printing on letter size paper
  • from PCs, Macs, laptops
  • located in the "printing and paper supply" zone in the Learning Commons
  • cost $0.50 per printed side regardless of how much colour is in your document
  • print queues default to single-sided

Konica MFD

  • A Konica-Minolta multifunction device (MFD) which can print black and white or colour with laser printer, printing on letter or legal size paper
  • from PCs, Macs, laptops , can also print PDFs directly from a USB stick
  • located in the "printing and paper supply" zone in the Learning Commons
  • cost $0.10 per printed side black&white or $0.50 per side colour, can print either single-sided or double-sided
  • cost is not charged to your account from the computer - you need to either tap your campus card OR insert coins to pay for your print job at the MFD
  • jobs do not come out immediately but must be released at the MFD control panel - look for "job list"

PrimoPDF

  • On the Dell PCs, not really a printer, but listed as if it is a print queue
  • Enables students to "print" their job from any application to a PDF file instead of to an actual printer
  • Recommendation: printing to PDF file first from web browsers or any software with unexpected layout issues (eg spreadsheets, specialty software). This is a no charge examination of what the printout will look like using Adobe Reader. Adobe also will give more control over print layout, duplex, etc.
  • Printing to a PDF also allows you to upload your print job to WebPrint which can sometimes solve intermittent print problems with the regular queues on both PCs and Macs, or to a USB stick for printing on the MFDs if the printing network is down.

Macs have a "Save to PDF" function at the bottom of their standard print dialogue box rather than listing it as another printer queue.