Information Commons Printing

Student Printing

Students can print to laser printers from computers in public computing areas (Pods) and from their personal devices using the Print@Binghamton printing system. Complete details are available on the ITS web site.

Every registered student will receive a semester quota of $43.50. Unused quota remains available until the end of the semester. When your the quota is exhausted a BUC$ account must be used to pay for additional printing.

  • In order to reduce paper and toner supplies, duplex printing is the now the default selection when you print your files.
  • To improve the efficiency of the printing system, print jobs will remain in printing queues for 2 hours. Please be sure to retrieve your print jobs within this time frame.

Tips for Printing Smart

Last year students at Binghamton printed over 11,000,000 pages! Please think before you print and consider these tips to help conserve resources, reduce waste, and make your printing quota last longer.

  • Print duplex whenever possible
  • Correct errors before printing. Spell check and use "print preview" to identify editing and formatting problems.
  • When printing from a web browser, use "print preview" to see how the page will be laid out. Print only the selection of pages that you need.
  • When PowerPoint printing, print handouts instead of slides. You can print up to 9 slides per page. Make this selection on the Print dialog box.
  • Avoid printing e-mails to simply read them. If you must print multiple emails, cut and paste them into a single MS Word file.
  • Share documents electronically using Google Docs, e-mail, or your H drive.  

Printing and BUC$ Accounts

If you have a BUC$ account and your quota is exhausted you can:

  • Add funds to your account online
  • Use the BUC$ machines in the Bartle Library, Science Library, and University Downtown Center. To add funds using cash, swipe your card in a BUC$ machine and follow the directions. At this time, the BUC$ machines do not accept credit cards. 
  • Visit the Meal Plan Office in the University Union, just underneath the Tillman Lobby outside the Mandella Room. Hours, Monday – Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., or call 607-777-6000.
  • Do not purchase a new BUC$ card from the machine. It will not allow you to print black & white or color pages on Information Commons or pods printers. Read more

If you don't have a BUC$ account:

  • Find out how to set one up.
  • You can also purchase a card from a BUC$ machine BUT this allow you to ONLY print to the Libraries' Community Printer.  

Community Printing 

Limited printing is available in Bartle Library to guests who use Bartle's Guest Computers. Guest must purchase a BUC$ card for $1 from the BUC$ machine available in the Bartle lobby. Additional funds must be added to the card using cash in order to print. Cost is $0.10 per page. 

  • Cards purchased from a BUC$ machine are not related to BUC$ accounts on student BU ID cards.
  • BUC$ accounts on student IDs cannot be used with the community printer. 
  • The funds on the BUC$ card cannot be used to print from Information Commons printers.
  • In the Libraries, the BUC$ card can only be used to print to the Community Printer, to photocopy, and to pay fines.

Please visit Services for Guests for information about guest computer access and borrowing privileges.