Public Printing


The IT department makes available a number of high-speed, high-capacity printers in its public computer center spaces. These include black-and-white and color laser printers.

  • Frost Library A-Level (B&W/Color)
  • Keefe Campus Center (B&W)
  • Keefe Science Library (B&W)
  • Morgan Music Library (B&W)
  • Valentine Dining Hall (B&W)
  • Seeley Mudd Building Center for Creative Technology (B&W/Color)

There are two methods available to print to public printers:

Direct Printing

From any public computer print your document. You’ll be prompted for your Amherst user name, as well as a job name. Retrieve your document from any public printer. This is the method to use if you need multiple copies of a document or need specific printer settings such as custom sizes or single-sided prints.

Mobile Printing

From any Internet-connected device (desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc.) email your document as an attachment from your Amherst email address to for black & white prints, or for color prints. Note that this service only works from your Amherst email address. Print your document when ready by releasing it at the public printer of your choice.



You need an Amherst user name and password or an Amherst ID to use public printers.

Five College students and campus guests must buy a copy card at the Reference Desk of the Robert Frost Library and use it to print to the Frost Library Public Printer on the main level of Frost Library. This is the only public printer accessible to people without an Amherst user name and password.

Getting Started

Getting Started: 

Public Printer Instructions

Print Charges 


Beginning September 1, 2022, students will NOT be charged for printing in the locations listed above as part of a pilot program. The pilot program runs throughout the 2022/2023 academic year. Throughout the pilot program, please consider the environmental impact of printing - if free printing leads to too much printing, we won't be able to have free printing. The college will be in touch with high-volume printers to understand their printing needs better during the pilot year.

Note: printing/copying through the Campus Print & Mail Center is excluded from this pilot program.

Faculty and Staff
  • Faculty and staff should check with their departments about any charges before issuing print commands.
  • Costs (per sheet):
    • Double-sided printing is the default.
    • 8.5x11"
      • $0.05 for single- or double-sided black & white
      • $0.35 color
      • $0.70 double-sided color
    • Tabloid (11x17")
      • $0.10 single- or double-sided black & white
      • $0.70 color
      • $1.40 double-sided color


Additional Information

Additional Information: 

Printing receipts and refunds must be requested via askit