Print, Scan, & Copy

General Information

  • Self-service printing and copying are available throughout the Library’s two facilities and use Imprints's IACCESS system.
  • There is no ETS printing in the Library. You can use funds in your ETS printing account at other ETS computer labs where printing is available.
  • To print, select / click Print, choose Black-and-White_Library or Color_Library, and log in with your campus AD account or guest card number when prompted.  Next select your print job and click Send to Release Station. Find a Print Release Station with the correct type of printer (black and white or color), swipe your card in the reader at each station, and click OK. Select job, click Continue, then click Print.
  • Photocopiers near the Geisel Lobby allow for automatic document feeding without having to manually place each page onto the machine. These copiers will also staple, hole punch, and/or collate at no additional charge.
  • All photocopiers allow duplex (double-sided) printing.
  • All photocopiers allow copying to letter (8.5” x 11”), legal (8.5” x 14”), and ledger (11x17) paper.

Printing / Copying Accounts

  • Current UC San Diego students, faculty, staff, and affiliates: Use your current university ID card to access your printing/copying account. Faculty and staff can also charge to index numbers.
    • Students: For terms in which you’ve paid fees, print/copy charges appear on your student billing account, assuming it’s in good standing. If you prefer, or for terms when you haven't paid fees, add money to your account using an IACCESS Loader (vending machine). 
    • Affiliates (visiting scholar and retiree): To register your card, visit Imprints in the Geisel Library 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays.
  • Extension and Non–UC San Diego users: Purchase a guest card from Imprints (Geisel East, 2nd floor) or an IACCESS Loader in the Library.
  • Cards can be purchased using a single dollar bill and refilled with US $1, 5, 10, or 20 denominations. Change is not provided. Credit cards also accepted.
  • Add cash to either a UC San Diego or guest account at an IACCESS Loader in the Library or the Imprints window in Geisel (2nd Floor East).
  • PINs: Used to access online print account to check balance, view recent activity, and suspend your account.  All PINs are 1111 until changed by the user.
  • Visit the Geisel Imprints window for help or more information.

Printing / Copying Costs

  • Printing

    • Black and white $0.10/page (single-sided) or $0.20/page (double-sided);
    • Color $0.40/page ($0.80 double-sided).
    • Only letter sized paper (8.5” x 11”) is available for printing.
  • Copying

    • Black and white
      • Letter (8.5” x 11”) and legal (8.5” x 14”): $0.10/page (single-sided) or $0.20/page (double-sided)
      • Ledger (11” x 17”): $0.20/page (single-sided) or $0.40/page (double-sided)

Equipment Locations

  • Black and white copiers: Each library building.
  • Black and white printers: Each library building.
  • Color printers: Geisel 2nd Floor East & West and Geisel Tunnel (1st Floor).
  • Microform readers/scanners: Geisel 2nd Floor West Commons.

Wireless Printing

  • Go to the PrinterOn Printing page or ask at the Imprints Office in Geisel for a handout on printing to Library printers from a laptop or mobile device.


  • UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students can request copies of items from most of the Library’s print collection free of charge.  We’ll scan library materials for you and send you a digital copy.  Learn how to place a scanning request here.
  • Self-service scanning in the Library is free. Get help with scanning at nearby service desks.
  • Book scanners are available on Geisel’s 2nd Floor (West Commons and east hallway) and on the Biomedical Library Building’s 1st Floor.  These scanners allow quick, high-quality scans of all kinds of materials, including books and magazines, without damaging the items.
  • Flatbed scanners are available in Geisel’s East Commons and the Biomedical Library Building’s 1st Floor.
  • Scanners are also available in the Digital Media Lab (DML) for UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students. These scanners allow scanning 35mm negatives and slides.
  • You can also use your mobile device's camera to capture information you might otherwise copy or scan. Acrylic risers to help you take clear, steady images with your device are available near the scanners in Geisel's East & West Commons (2nd Floor).

Microform Readers / Scanners

  • Self-service microform readers and reader/scanners are available in Geisel 2nd Floor West during Geisel’s open hours. Assistance with machines is available during the nearby Research Assistance Desk's open hours.
  • Instructions are posted at each machine.
  • Printing can only be done from the reader/scanners.  They use the same system as all other Library printing.

Notice Concerning Copyrighted Material

  • Read and adhere to UC San Diego Library’s Copyright Policy for reproduction and use of copyrighted material.

Comments or Questions?

  • Contact Imprints in Geisel Library at 858-534-2534 for problems with printing cards, accounts, or equipment.

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