Printing & Scanning

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
  • Keefe Campus Center
  • Keefe Science Library
  • Morgan Music Library
  • Seeley Mudd Building Center for Creative Technology

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: 

Public Printer Instructions

Print Charges 

  • Printing costs for students are charged to student accounts. 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: 

Printing receipts and refunds must be requested at the SMUDD IT Help Desk or Frost A Level Supervisor station during hours when the computer center is staffed.

Printing for Departments

Purchase of Network Printers

IT Support Services purchases all printers for the College. Departments may request one network printer (to be a shared printer for department members' use) from IT Support Services. IT Support Services covers the cost of one centralized printer per department or shared office location, while departments are responsible for the purchase of consumables including toner and paper.

A department can purchase additional network printers and individual desktop printers through IT Support Services. Faculty members may request local black and white laser printers to connect to individual computers if they do not have easy access to the network printer; for example, if they are located in another building or use a library carrel or study.

Support for Network Printers

Network (shared) printers are under contract with CBS Xerox. Departments can place service calls to CBS Xerox at no cost. Toner must be purchased from CBS Xerox to honor the terms of the contract and receive timely support.

Support for Desktop Printers (non-network, local printers)

Any issues with individual desktop printers provided by IT Support Services need to be reported to the IT Help Desk. Support Services will determine whether to repair or replace a malfunctioning printer.

Wireless Printers

Only printers purchased through IT Support Services will be connected to the Amherst College network. In order to maintain the integrity of the wireless network, wireless printers cannot be installed at Amherst College, neither as local nor as network printers. Mobile printing is available to current employees and students at select locations.

Additional Information: 

Departments may prefer to opt for a Xerox multi-function device (MFD) printer/copier/scanner.

Please see the OAS website for information about the Xerox MFDs.

Quick Print Stations

Two quick print stations are provided in Frost Library for students or others who want quick access to a computer to print something. The idea is to give quick access to printing at times when all the public computers may be in use and also when all that is needed is printing.