Printing at Tulane is monitored through Pharos, a wastage control system. All students are allocated a printing credit that appears on your card at the beginning of each semester. If you are not allocated a print credit you will need to add money to your ID card using the vending machine located in the 24/7 area of the library. Visitors can purchase a print card ($1 fee) at the vending station in the library.
There are two black & white printers and one color printer available in the library. The cost of printing will be deducted from your print credit or cash balance at a rate of 10 cents per page for black & white printing and 70 cents per page for color printing. To add money to your Tulane ID, there is a vending machine in the 24/7 area of the library. You may purchase a visitor card from those machines if you don't have a Tulane ID Card. There are directions on the machines. If you have any problems call x85157 or go the Medical Library Circulation Desk.
All printers are located in the 24/7 area of the library. You may manually override the default printer selection for color printing.
There are four flatbed scanners available in the library. There is a scanner with a document feeder and book-edge, specifically designed for scanning bound materials located in the 24/7 area. There is another scanner with document feed capability located in the mezzanine class-room. The scanners are provided for use at no charge, and are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please be considerate of others and refrain from using the computers with scanners attached when other computers are free.
NOTE: Those searching databases may want to talk to the Reference librarians in the Matas Library for ways to minimize the number of pages that will be printed. You may download your information to disk and print it somewhere else or email your information to yourself to print elsewhere.
Printing Allowance Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get it?
The allowance is automatically added to your Tulane ID account after you have completed registration for each semester.
How do I check to see if I have it?
If you've completed registration, you'll see the credit when you swipe your Tulane ID card at a VTS box or print station. Go to a VTS box or print station in either the Matas Library or the Student Computing Facility (first floor of the medical school) and swipe your Tulane ID card. You should see the remaining balance of your allocation displayed. Make sure you click the Exit button when you've finished.
How does it work?
1. Go to the medical library or the mezzanine level computer lab.
2. Print your document as you ordinarily would.
3. Go to the print station located next to the printers in the 24/4 area of the library. Swipe your Tulane ID card through the card swipe device mounted on the monitor.
4. A list of print job(s) will appear. Select your print job using the computer's mouse.
5. Click on the Print button. Your job will be output from the printer.
6. EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!! Click on the Log Out button to end your session.
What if I have a 10 page print job, but I only have 5 pages remaining from my allocation?
You'll have to add additional funds to your Tulane ID account to print that job. Your allocation will remain at 5 pages and the 10 page job will be deducted from the real money you add. The machine accepts $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills.
What if I don't use all my Fall semester allocation? Will my remaining balance be added to my Spring semester allocation?
Sorry. The allocations are by semester only. So your 250 pages for the Fall semester will only be good that semester. Your balance starts over at 250 pages in the spring, 100 pages in the summer.
If I have any questions, where do I go for help?
Ask a staff member in the computer labs or at the circulation desk of the Matas Library or email our Help expert at firstname.lastname@example.org.