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Swain Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Library

Printing, photocopying & scanning

Stanford students can use their Stanford ID cards to pay for copying and printing. Stanford staff and visitors must buy a card for $1. Our card dispenser will accept $1, $5, $10, and $20 bills. Copies are 13¢/page for 8.5×11 inch paper and 26¢/page for 11×17 inch paper. Printing is 10¢/page for both black-and-white and color. No change is available from the Swain Library staff.


Black-and-white and color printers are available at Swain Library, for 10¢/page. Poster Printing Services at Lathrop Library are available to current Stanford students, faculty, and staff for $50/poster.

After sending your file to the printer from any of Swain Library’s computers, use one of the three payment methods below. For more information, see Residential Computing Printing: General Overview (SUNet ID required) and SUL Print, Copy, Scan.

  1. Students: Go to to release your print job to the printer. The cost will be added to your StanfordCardPlan. If you have not activated your StanfordCardPlan, you may also use Method #3.
  2. Faculty & Staff: Go to to release your print job to the printer. The cost will be deducted from funds previously added to your SUID card at a Cash-to-Card machine.
  3. All: You may use a SUL Cash Card. Go to the Print Release Computer Station located by the front entrance, select your print job from the queue, and swipe your Cash Card.


Swain Library has two digital photocopiers that make single- or double-sided, black and white copies (13¢/page). The machines only accept SUID cards and SUL Cash Cards.

Please see SUL Print, Copy, Scan for additional information about payment, color copiers, machines that accept cash, Cash-to-Card machine locations, departmental cards, and reporting service problems.

Cash cards

SUL Cash Cards are available for purchase at the Cash-to-Card machine located to the left of the Circulation Desk. Blank cards cost $1.00; additional funds must then be added before the card can be used. Faculty and staff may use the Cash-to-Card machine to add funds to their SUID cards. Information about other Cash-to-Card machine locations is available at SUL Print, Copy, Scan.


Swain Library has a scanner attached to a computer in the Reference Room. This color scanner supports duplex scanning and has auto-page feed for up to 50 pages at one time. Only Stanford users can use this machine (SUNet ID is required). Files may be saved to a user’s personal AFS space or to a USB flash drive.

Related links

Stanford Residential Computing: Printing (SUNet ID required)
Printing and the CardPlan, Cash-to-Card machine locations, Printing policies
FAQ from SU Financial Gateway
SUL Print, Copy, Scan
Printing instructions, Cash-to-Card machine locations