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TRACCards

In order to do any printing at the library, you must have a TRACCard.

TRACCards are the Marx Library's payment system for photocopying and printing.

TRACCards are available for purchase (cost $1.00) at the Circulation Desk.  Patrons must pay with cash, check, American Express, MasterCard, Visa, or money order.

TRACCards are plastic cards that are renewable and can be used for years.  Additional value may be added to your TRACCard at the Circulation Desk.

 

Average Costs

Costs for Printing:

$.10 Cost per copy or page (Black and White)

$.50 Cost per page (color)

$1.00 Minimum Purchase (TRACCard and money for 5 printed pages/ copies)

$20.00 Maximum amount per card (195 printed pages/ copies)

 

Color Printing

Color printing is now available for students in the library.  The color printer is located in the 3rd Floor Computer Lab.

  1. Printing can only be done from computers in the 3rd floor Computer Lab and only from the computers that are not thin clients
  2. Printing is $ .50 a page
  3. Printing uses TracCard System
  4. Students should be aware that printing a full color page can take some time due to printer memory capacity.
 

How to Print

Steps for Printing:

***TRACcard print stations have a 1 hour time limit; if your job has not been printed within 1 hour, the TRACcard computer will delete your job.***

1. Print the document from one of the library's computer workstations

**Note: Only the Computer Lab computers have software and the ability to print from a flash drive. A USA ID is required to use the ACR lab.**

          For PowerPoint slides:  Click "file" and ALWAYS choose "Print Preview" before you click "Print." This will ensure you are printing what you intend and do not waste money. 

          For web pages: Click "file" and choose "Print Preview" before you click "Print."  This will ensure that you are not just printing the border, but the content of the webpage.

         Full Text/ HTML articles within Databases: use the "Print" tab within the database.  Do not use "File--Print." You will print the border and not the article.

         PDF articles within Databases: use the Adobe printer icon

**Only letter size (8 1/2'' x 11'')  If you need help changing a legal sized document into a letter size, please see the Reference Desk.

2.  Type in a User Name/ Password

         This does not need to be your USA issued name/ password.  You can make something up, just remember your chosen name and password--you will need it to print.

3.  Go to one of the printing stations in the Atrium below the staircase.

It's a good idea to not close your priont job when you leave to go to the printer stations until you are sure that it has printed correctly. 

4.  Insert your TRACCard.

5.  Highlight your print job.

6.  Double check the number of pages and cost for your print job--$$ for the job.

7.  Click "Print."

8.  Type in your chosen password.  These passwords are case sensitive.

9.  Click "OK."

10. Take your TRACCard and printed pages.

Have a problem?  Ask at the Reference or Circulation Desks.

 

Important Things to Remember

The printer stations are on the 1st floor of the library, in the Atrium under the staircase, directly across from the Circulation Desk, and upstairs in the Computer Lab in Room 312.

TRACcard print stations have a 1 hour time limit; if your job has not been printed within 1 hour, the TRACcard computer will delete your job.

The computer workstations on the 2nd floor North, in the Reference area, do not have MS Word or any other word processing software.  You may print from the internet on these computers, but for printing documents created in Word etc. or files on a flash drive, you must go to either the PAWS Ref Computers or the Computer Lab on the 3rd floor, Room 312.  Remember, you must have your USA ID to enter.

Sometimes, long PDF documents (longer than 20 pages) can severely slow down the printing process.  Please break these documents into 2 printing jobs.  To learn how, please see the Trouble-Shooting Tab.

Also, PowerPoint slides with large background images can severely slow down the printing process.  Please remove these images.  To learn how, please see the Troubleshooting tab.

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