Carnegie Mellon University

Printing & Copying

Andrew Printing

Computing Services and University Libraries maintain many publicly accessible printing stations on campus. The ID Card may be used by students, faculty, and staff for the Andrew Printing system. Each semester, enrolled degree-seeking students and faculty and staff members are allocated a print quota of $40, which can be used to pay for printing in the Andrew Printing system. These funds are distributed on a "use it or lose it" basis. Once the print quota has been depleted, an individual may supplement their print quota by depositing money into their Plaid Cash account. Printing quota balances can be monitored by visiting Student Information Online (SIO) for students and the CMU Portal for employees. 

Sponsored cardholders are not issued a print quota; however, they may use the Andrew Printing system by depositing money into a Plaid Cash account. Print jobs may be submitted as a "guest" user and Plaid Cash will be used to pay for the service.

For more information, visit the Computing Services website.


There are publicly accessible copiers in each of the campus libraries where cardholders may use their Plaid Cash account to pay for copies. Printing quotas may not be used to pay for copies in the libraries. Copies are available at a rate of $.10 for black and white copies and $2 for color copies. Color copies are available in Hunt Library only.

Print/Copy Cards

Individuals not affiliated with the university and thus not eligible for an ID Card may still make use of the public printing and copying services by purchasing a Print/Copy Card. Print/Copy Cards may be purchased from the kiosks located on the first floor of Hunt Library. Cards from these machines cost $1 and do not contain a value on them when they are initially purchased. Once the card has been purchased, funds can be loaded onto the card through the kiosk. Print/Copy Cards may be purchased in various denominations from the libraries' circulation desks. Print/Copy Cards are non-refundable and may only be used for printing and copying.

Departmental Printing & Copying

Departments have the option of purchasing Print/Copy Cards from The HUB in order to have printing and copying charged to an Oracle string. Departments may also purchase a Print/Copy Card for an individual. Departmentally supplied funds are non-refundable and may only be used for printing and copying purposes. To request a departmental Print/Copy Card, complete the Departmental Deposit Request form and return it to The HUB.