Printing, photocopying and scanning in the library

Main Library book scanner

Printing and Photocopying

Printing and photocopying facilities are available at Main LibraryBarber Fine Art LibraryBarnes LibraryDental LibraryOrchard Learning Resource Centre and Shakespeare Institute Library.

Printing in the Main Library uses a managed print system allowing you to collect your printing from any of our MFDs (multi-functional devices) and to print from your own laptop or mobile device. Full details, including how to register your ID card for our new system, is available from IT Services.

Instructions for using our MFDs for printing, photocopying, and scanning (PDF - 1.79MB).

Charges for students

To print or photocopy using our MFDs you must have sufficient credit.  Printing and photocopying is charged per sheet at the following rates:

  • A4 black and white - 4p  
  • A3 black and white - 8p 
  • A4 colour - 20p  
  • A3 colour - 40p 

You can top up your printing account online using the SafeQ Dashboard (on campus only).

Charges for visitors 

Visitors can purchase photocopy cards from the desks at all of our libraries. The cards cost £2 but come with £1 of credit and can then be topped up as and when required at our service points.

Photocopying for visitors is charged at the following rates (inclusive of VAT): 

  • A4 black and white - 5p 
  • A3 black and white - 10p 
  • A4 colour - 24p 
  • A3 colour - 48p 

Visitors are currently unable to print using these cards, but can use our devices to copy and can scan documents using our book scanners.


Our MFDs also allow you to scan documents free of charge and have them sent by email to your University account. 

We also have book scanners available in the Main Library which can be used to produce high quality images of books and other documents for saving to a USB stick or sending by email. See the user guide for more information (PDF - 492KB). 

Disability support 

We can provide coloured paper for users with disabilities. Ask at the Help Desk in the Main Library, or at the Information Desk in site libraries.

We can also undertake copying for you at the same rates listed above if you cannot use the MFDs due to a disability.

Additional information

If you require assistance using the copiers, please ask a member of staff.

See our copyright pages for information on the law around copying books and other copyright materials.


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