Printing, Copying, & Scanning

General Information

  • Self-service printing and copying is available throughout the Library’s two facilities and uses Imprints's IACCESS system.
  • There is no ACMS printing in the Library. You can use funds in your ACMS printing account at other ACMS computer labs where printing is available.
  • Send your job to the print queue, swipe your card in the reader attached to each printer, and enter your PIN to print your job. Once sent to the queue, you can print a job from any library printer.

Printing/Copying Accounts

  • IACCESS accounts are required for all self-service library printers and copiers.
  • Current UC San Diego students, faculty, staff, and affiliates: Use your current university ID card to access your printing/copying account. (Old cards are not valid.)
  • Students: For terms in which you’ve paid fees, print/copy charges appear on your student billing account, assuming it’s in good standing. If you prefer, add money to your account using an IACCESS Loader. For terms when you haven’t paid fees, use cash to fund your printing account.
  • Medical Center staff with hospital ID cards: Get a UC San DIego–rate copy card at the Biomedical Library Building or at the Imprints window in Geisel (2nd Floor East).
  • Non–UC San Diego users: Purchase a guest card from Imprints (Geisel East, 2nd floor) or an IACCESS Loader in the Library.
  • Cards can be purchased using a single dollar bill and refilled with US $1, 5, 10, or 20 denominations. Credit cards are also accepted. Change is not provided.
  • PINs: All PINs are 1111 until changed by the user. All are encouraged to change your PIN to protect your account.
  • Add cash to either a UC San Diego or guest account at an IACCESS Loader in the Library or at the Imprints window in Geisel (2nd Floor East).
  • Visit the Geisel Imprints window to transfer value from an old Imprints card to a new account.
  • See this FAQ for details on using UC San Diego budget numbers to print/copy.

Printing/Copying Costs


  • UC San Diego card users: Black & white 10c/page (single-sided letter size) or 20c/page (11″x17″ size); color 40c/page.
  • Guest card users: Black & white 20c/page (single-sided letter size); color $1.00/page.

Those using a guest card will pay guest rates, even if associated with UC San Diego.


  • UC San Diego card users: Black & white 10c/page (single-sided letter size) or 20c/page (11″x17″ size).
  • Guest card users: Black & white 20c/page (single-sided letter size).

Those using a guest card will pay guest rates, even if associated with UC San Diego.

Microform Printing

  • UC San Diego card users: Black & white 20c/page (single-sided letter size).
  • Guest card users: Black & white 40c/page (single-sided letter size).

Equipment Locations

  • Black & white copiers: Each library building.
  • Color copier: Imprints in Price Center (not in Library).
  • Black & white printers: Each library building.
  • Color printers: Geisel 2nd Floor East & West and Geisel Tunnel (1st Floor).
  • Black & white microform readers/printers: Geisel 2nd Floor West.

Wireless Printing

  • See details on printing to library printers from a wireless laptop or compatible smartphone/tablet.


  • Scanning in the Library is free.
  • You can also use your phone’s camera to capture information you might otherwise copy or scan.
  • Regular and large-format scanners are available in Geisel (2nd Floor East).
  • Regular scanner is available at the Biomedical Library Building.
  • Get help with scanning at nearby service desks.

Microform Readers/Printers

  • Self-service microform readers/printers are available in Geisel (2nd Floor West) during all of Geisel’s open hours.
  • Instructions are posted on each machine and available here.
  • For printing, microform readers/printers accept IACCESS guest cards OR current UC San Diego student, staff, or faculty ID cards just like other library printers.
  • Our regular service hours during academic quarters (Fall/Winter/Spring):
  • Monday – Thursday: 10am–7pm
  • Friday – Saturday: 10am–5pm
  • Sunday: 10am–7pm

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 in Geisel Library at 858-534-2534 for problems with printing cards, accounts, or equipment.
  • Send general questions, comments, and suggestions to

Last revised: K. Goodson, 12/10/13