Printing & Photocopying Services


Both printing and photocopying services are available in the Libraries.

  • The Libraries and CUIT (Columbia University Information Technology) provide networked laser printers throughout the Libraries. Printing is based on a printing allowance, or quota, system.
  • Photocopiers are available in convenient locations throughout the Libraries. All copiers take Flex dollars.  In addition, each of the libraries has at least one coin-operated copier.

Printing in the Libraries

Printing is available in all Columbia University Libraries except Journalism. Double-sided printing is universally available. There is a color printer available in Lehman Library, 323 International Affairs, which only allows single-sided printing.

Printing at CUIT Facilities provides information about printing throughout Columbia University facilities, including information about print quotas for students, staff, and faculty; printing costs; replenishing your printing dollars; where printers are located; and other information about printing. CUIT manages the quota system and options for purchasing printing dollars to use for color printing (available at a cost of $1.00 per page) or when you exceed your print quota. Print quotas are for B&W printing only. To use a color printer, you must purchase printing dollars.

Locating Printers

For more detailed information, see our FAQ about Printing in the Libraries.

Photocopying in the Libraries

Photocopying is avalable throughout the libraries and can be paid for using the Flex Account associated with your Columbia University ID or a Flex Card, which can be purchased by visitors. Coin operated copiers are also available. Flex Cards can be purchased at the Flex Value Transfer Station (VTS) vending machines located in Avery Library, Barnard College Library, the Business Library, Butler Library (in 2L1, across from the cafe), Lehman Library, and Teacher's College Library. 

Costs of Photocopying:  

B&W Photocopies

  • letter: $0.10 per page
  • 11x17: $0.20 per page

Color Photocopies

  • letter: $0.50 per page
  • 11x17: $2.00 per page

Note: The Libraries do not make change. Please bring the appropriate change with you to the library.

For more detailed information, see our FAQ about Photocopying in the Libraries.