Library Services


Photocopying, Printing and Scanning Services

Information on how users can photocopy, print and scan items when using our libraries.

All UCL Libraries have Multi-Function Devices (MFDs) connected to a service called "print@UCL" which allows UCL staff and students to photocopy, print and scan. NHS staff, society members and visitors can only photocopy from these devices.

UCL users: registering your ID card

UCL users need to register their UCL ID cards when using an MFD for the first time by following the procedure below:

  1. Touch your card on the MFD reader.
  2. Enter your UCL username in the format of: 'ucylxxx' or similar when prompted, and then press 'Done'.
  3. Enter your UCL password and press 'Done'.
  4. You have now successfully logged in and are presented with three options - 'Copy', 'E-mail' (scan) or 'Pull Print' (print).
  5. To log out when you have finished, you must either touch your ID card again or hit the green button with a key symbol followed by the log out button on the display screen.
  6. For all future sessions, you will only need to touch your UCL ID card on the MFD reader.

Video quick guide: Using Multi-Function Devices (MFDs)

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For further details, please see ISD's How to Guides and Help.

Non-UCL users: creating a 'guest account'

Before using the MFDs, visitors need to create a 'guest account' using a cash loader by following the procedure below:

  1. From the home screen on the cash loader select 'Guest Sign Up'.
  2. Enter your name and then a 4 digit PIN code. Press 'Finish'.
  3. The screen will then display a unique Guest Login Number permanently assigned to you. You can note down this number and your PIN on the cards provided, and the login number will also be printed on your receipt.
  4. Enter required coins or notes and the balance will be displayed on the screen. Select 'Finish' to complete.
  5. A receipt showing your balance and your Login Number will be printed.
  6. At the MFD - select 'Alternate Login' and enter your Guest Login Number and your chosen PIN code on the device to access photocopying services.

Photocopying and Printing Prices

UCL students are allocated £12 of free credit at the start of the academic year, after which, they need to pay for additional credit online or via an onsite cash loader. Other users need to purchase credit from a cash loader.

Pricing for photocopying and printing is as follows:

SizeColour typeSingle or double sidedCost
A4Black and whiteSingle-sided5p
A4Black and whiteDouble-sided5p
A3Black and whiteSingle-sided15p
A3Black and whiteDouble-sided20p

Scanning is free for all UCL users.

Cash loaders which allow non-UCL users to buy photocopy credit, and UCL students to top up their photocopying and print balance are located in the following libraries:

  • UCL Main Library
  • UCL Science Library
  • UCL Bartlett Library
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology Library
  • UCL Institute of Education Library
  • UCL Language & Speech Science Library
  • Royal Free Medical Library, UCL Library Services
  • UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies Library
  • UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library
  • UCL School of Pharmacy Library

UCL students can also buy additional credit online.

Library Services photocopying, printing and scanning contact:

Robert Pinckney
Ext. 32638
E-mail: r.pinckney@ucl.ac.uk