Some Library services — public computers, e-resources, and in-person reference consultations — are limited and/or based upon availability. Visit the Tech Den website for additional printing details.

Printing and Copying

The Libraries provide printing and scanning services to members of the Washington University community (students, faculty, and staff) using color, multi-function printers located throughout the Libraries. These devices provide print and copy services at the same price. Printing is available from all PCs in the Libraries and from personally owned computers with the proper drivers installed.

Printing/Copying Costs

Print and copy charges will be:

  • Black & white, single-sided — $0.04 per image
  • Black & white, two-sided* — $0.06 per sheet ($.03 per image**)
  • Color, single-sided — $0.25 per image
  • Color, two-sided — $0.40 per sheet ($0.20 per image)

*Default print and copy settings are set to black & white, two-sided. Users may choose other options as desired.
**An image is all printing on one side of a sheet of paper.

Printing From Library Computers

Computers in Olin Library have one print queue installed which allows users to print to library multi-function printers. Libraries The default print queue is “\\\wulib-print” and can be used to print to any multi-function printer in the Libraries. This queue is set to print black & white, two-sided. Users can change printer properties to print single-sided or to print color, either single-sided or two-sided.

Printing From Personally-owned Computers in the Libraries

Printing from personally-owned computers in the Libraries is available provided you have installed the proper software which is available on the Student Technology Services (STS) website.

Printing Locations

For more information on printing, see the WashU Tech Den. Multi-function printers are available at the following libraries locations:

HP Color LaserJet MFP M681 printers are at the following locations in Olin Library:

  • Level 1 – at public computers
  • Level 1 – Whispers Café
  • Levels 3, 2, A, and B – near public restrooms

Consult the Olin Library Floor Plans for further specifications.

  • Two HP Color LaserJet MFP M681 printers
  • One HP Color LaserJet MFP M681 printer
  • One HP Color LaserJet MFP M681 printer
  • Two HP Color LaserJet MFP M681 printers

Poster Printing

Large format and poster printing services remain suspended.

Poster Creation Tips

  • Design your poster with the height or width dimension equal to 36 or 42 inches. This will match the width of the available paper roll media and enable us to print a poster that will not require trimming.
  • Leave approximately 0.5 inches of white space between your content and the edges of the poster. The printer will use this space as the margin.
  • Create your poster using a presentation or graphics program; PowerPoint is a popular choice. Make sure that you set the slide size to match your design dimensions. If you use PowerPoint and need to create a poster with a dimension larger than 56 inches (the maximum allowed in PowerPoint), you will need to create the poster at a smaller size and we can scale to your target dimensions when we print. Be sure to adjust the scale so that you maintain the same aspect ratio (height to width) for scaling to occur without distortion.
  • Save your document in PDF format for the best results. To do this from PowerPoint, use the Save As option and change the File Type to PDF. This should retain your page size settings but you should verify this by checking the Page Size in the output PDF File – Properties window.


Pricing is based on length with a minimum charge of $25. Charges can be made to University departments (four-digit department code) or paid using Bear Bucks.

  • 36 inch posters are billed at $6 per linear foot
  • 42 inch posters are billed at $8 per linear foot

Directions to Poster Printing

Large format and poster printing services remain suspended.

Need help getting to the Olin Library? See our Maps & Directions page for further details.