The cost incurred by the MIT Libraries for each photocopy is more than $.15 per copy. Use of the photocopiers within the MIT Libraries has decreased by 80% in the past decade; as the number of copies decreases, the cost to provide photocopiers at all of our library locations goes up.
The MIT Libraries have chosen to discount the cost for MIT faculty, students, and staff to support scholarship and research at MIT by charging only $.10 per copy to the MIT community. Unfortunately, the MIT Libraries cannot afford to provide the same discount to visitors from outside of MIT.
The funds that you spend to acquire a Guest TechCASH card as the payment method for guest photocopying and printing can be used elsewhere on the MIT campus, to pay for coffee, purchases at the MIT COOP, and more. We hope that the convenience of using Guest TechCASH for payment will be mitigated by the ease and convenience of using TechCASH, and the investments we've made to improve copying and scanning equipment across the MIT Libraries.
Self-service black and white copiers accepting MIT TechCASH, Guest TechCASH, and TechCASH Copy/Print Only cards:
You can also use photocopiers as scanners in all of the above library locations.
Purchase a Guest TechCASH card in any of the above libraries.
Limited, free self-service photocopying and scanning in support of scholarly work:
Lewis Music, 1 copier/scanner, circulation area
MIT ID Card
Members of the MIT community can open a TechCASH account at any time through the MIT Card Office. Once your account is active, use your MIT ID to purchase copies. Library copies cost $.10/page for current faculty, students, and staff. (Note)
Purchase your Guest TechCASH card from vending machines in the MIT Libraries. Library copies cost $.15/page for MIT visitors.
Valid at all TechCASH vendors on the MIT Campus. Value must be added with a credit card through the TechCASH website. Guest TechCASH accounts expire 1 year from last day of use. TechCASH refund policies apply.
See also: Register your TechCASH card
Copy/Print Only cards for MIT departments
MIT departments, labs or centers can purchase copies for research groups to use at the MIT rate of $.10/ copy:
Valid at MIT Libraries self-service copiers only - not valid for other TechCASH transactions. Value must be added with an MIT Procurement Card through the TechCASH website. Accounts expire 1 year from last day of use.
TechCASH refund policies apply.
Note: If you lose your guest TechCASH card it's like losing cash, unless you register it with the MIT Card Office. Unregistered cards cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. See Register your Guest TechCash card for more information.
All purchases, including prints and copies, made by TechCASH or Guest TechCASH are subject to the TechCASH refund policy.
I'm a member of the MIT community. The copier says a copy or print is $.15, instead of $.10. Am I being overcharged?
Members of the MIT community receive a discount of $.05 on each copy made, and are charged $.10 per copy when paying with TechCASH through an MIT ID.
Members of the MIT community will receive this discount only when paying with an MIT ID.
This discount does not apply to Guest TechCASH cards purchased at library vending machines, because the vending machines have no way of determining MIT affiliation.
The MIT-only discount is applied behind the scenes in the TechCASH database, after you've made all of your copies or prints.
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.