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Print & Scan  

COVID-19 Alert

Some services have been affected by COVID-19 pandemic.  Please see Library Services During COVID-19 for a complete list of available services.

General Information

Printing Costs

  • Black and white $0.11/page (single-sided) or $0.19/page (double-sided);
  • Color $0.40/page ($0.50 double-sided).
  • Only letter-sized paper (8.5” x 11”) is available for printing. 

Equipment Locations

  • 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.


  • UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students can request copies of items from most of the Library’s print collection free of charge. Learn how to place a scanning request here.
  • Self-service scanning in the Library is free. 
  • 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 and West 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
  • Instructions are posted at each machine.
  • Printing can only be done from the reader/scanners.

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 at 858-534-2534 for problems with printing, accounts, or equipment.

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