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Scan, Copy, & Print: Printers

Instructions for making and paying for copies in the MIT Libraries

Alternatives on campus

Library locations and study spaces remain closed until further notice. Our printers, copiers, and scanners are unavailable at this time. For other options on campus, see IS&T's MIT printer locations and MIT Copytech services.

Printing Tips

Do print jobs expire?

Print jobs are purged from the queue after 24 hours. If you have not released your jobs from the card reader by swiping your Guest Tech Cash card and accepting the charges to pay for your document, you will have to print your document again.

Can I print onto transparencies?

We do not offer options for printing transparencies. The Copy Technology Center offers many specialized printing options.

Email a journal article or database citation

Bibliographic citations, e-journal articles, and electronic database records may be sent via email. In most electronic resources, there are icons to email or export records. Use the Help index of the resource that you are using for more information.

Save items instead of printing them

Although many workstations in the Libraries have disk drives, you may want to verify if the disk drive option exists prior to beginning your search. We recommend that you bring your own disks.


Printer Locations

MIT Only

MIT-only printers are all Athena printers. Each library has one MIT-only black & white printer. Barker Library also has an MIT-only color printer. They are located at:

  • Barker - 5th floor, past west stairwell
  • Dewey - 1st floor, adjacent to the computer cluster
  • Rotch - 1st floor, adjacent to the Athena cluster


Visitors must use the networked black and white photocopiers for printing in Barker, Dewey, Hayden, and Rotch libraries. Collor printing is not available. See Photocopier Locations for more information.

For Members of the MIT Community

Printing in the MIT Libraries is free for members of the MIT community


Barker, Dewey, Hayden and Rotch libraries

These libraries are each equipped with one black and white Athena printer, and there is a color printer in Barker Library. All Athena printers work on a print release system, allowing print jobs to be released from any Athena printer on campus. You must have a Kerberos ID and an active MIT ID with a working magnetic strip to be eligible for Athena printing. You can print to an Athena printer from any MIT Log-in computer.

Choose the printer named mitprint when submitting a print job from an MIT only computer to any of the black & white printers.

Choose the printer named mitprint-color when submitting a print job from an MIT only computer to the color printer.

Lewis Music Library

No public printing is available in Lewis Music Library. To print, visit the nearby Hayden Library.

Printing to Photocopiers

The copiers are primarily equipped for visitor copying and printing, so the display will show a cost per page of $.15, although the cost to print through the photocopier for the MIT community is $.10 per page using Tech Cash.

The MIT-only discount is applied behind the scenes in the Tech Cash database. While the card reader may display a cost of $.15 per copy, the system counts the number of copies made, and applies the discount after all of your copies or prints are finished.

See the Photocopiers section for more details about this issue.

Printing from Wireless Laptop

MIT users can wirelessly print to one of the Athena printers in the MIT Libraries
See Pharos Public Student Printing at MIT for details

For MIT Visitors

Visitors are permitted to print documents from library workstations, which is a fee-based service. Print jobs are sent to the networked black and white photocopiers in each library. The cost for each page is $.15, payable by Guest Tech Cash.

Follow these steps to print:

  • Begin by selecting the print command in the application that you are using.
  • You will then be prompted to provide a name and a password for your print job.
  • Your print job will be sent to the print queue which resides on the networked photocopiers in each library.
  • You will have to walk over to one of the photocopiers, and find your print job listed on the card reader screen next to each copier. The cost of your print job will be displayed.
  • Swipe your Guest Tech Cash card in the card reader. The cost of your print job will be debited from your Guest Tech Cash card, and your document will be printed by the copier.

Instructions for Printing

Give documents a job name and password.

Using a unique job name will allow you to identify your print jobs on card reader screen at the photocopier and help ensure that you are paying to print your document, not someone else's. You may select a job name or use the default option which will automatically use the name under which your document is saved. The file names of many web documents are sometimes confusing--selecting a specific job name may be helpful.

If you forget the print job password.

Unfortunately, you will have to send your print job to the print release station again. No one else can release your print jobs. In general, it is a good idea to pick a password that you will remember easily.

Cost of printing documents.

Don't forget- printing is free for members of the MIT community.

For visitors, each page/sheet of your document costs $.15. There are two ways to determine a cost of a print job, through Print Preview or at the card reader screen when you're ready to pickup your print job.

You can utilize the print preview option to view the pages of your document. The print preview screen will provide you with a page count, and allow you to select which pages you would like to print.

After walking over to the photocopier, you will see a list of the pending print jobs on the card reader screen. After scrolling through the list of print jobs in the print queue, use the touch screen to select your document. When your document name is highlighted, you will see the page count and price next to the name of your job on the screen. You will always be provided with the page count and the amount that you will be charged prior to printing your document. You'll be prompted to swipe your Guest Tech Cash or Copy/Print Only card through the card reader, and the copier will start to print your document.

Print selected pages of a document.

For web, MS Word or Excel documents: Select the "Print Preview" command from your web browser's file menu. Determine which pages you wish to print by viewing the entire document in the preview screen. For e-journals in which "Print Preview" is not active, view the thumbnail images to select pages.

From file menu, select "Print", and enter the number or range of pages you'd like to print in the "Page Range" section.

Verify the number of pages in the print queue at the Print Release Station prior to releasing your print job from the print queue.