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 and a large-format color printer.

  • 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.

Also, you must use this method to print to the large-format printer; only the computers in the Seeley Mudd Center for Creative Technology can print to the large-format printer.

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.

Features and Benefits: 

New for Fall 2013: Mobile Printing for Public Printers

With Mobile Printing for Public Printers you can print to public printers from any internet-connected computer or mobile device.

Supported File Types

  • Documents     .doc | .dot | .docx | .rtf
  • Excel              .xls | .xlt | .xlsx | .xltx | .xltm | .xlsm |.csv
  • Powerpoint     .ppt | .pptx | .pptm | .pot | .pps | .potx | .ppsx
  • PDF                .pdf
  • Images           .jpg | .jpeg | .png | .bmp | .gif
  • Email              .txt | .mht | .eml
  • Visio               .vsd | .vss | .vst | .vdx | .vsx | .vtx | .vdw

You need an Amherst user name and password 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

Public Printer Prices


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.

Use Mobile Printing for Public Printers

Introducing the new and improved public printing system, the one-stop destination for your printing needs. From a public lab computer, to even your mobile device on the go, you can order your document printed and release it any public printer.