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PC Prints

What is PC Prints?

PC Prints is a print release system put in place as part of the College’s green initiatives. It is designed to help reduce the amount of waste caused by the public printers on campus. It requires all users to use their PC ID card or a Visitor Card, which can be purchased at the Library or Accinno Hall, in order to print.

How does it work?

When you print to a public printer, you will see two prompts. The first asks for either the number on the Visitor Card if you are using it or your username if you have an ID card and are printing from a personally-owned computer. The second displays the cost of your job and your PC Prints account balance.

Once you have printed your document(s), you can then release them at any of the PC Prints printers that are the same type as the one you used. You are not restricted to printers only in your current location.

Print Driver Downloads
Printer Features and Locations
Common Issues

Are students charged for printing?

Undergraduate students, because they pay a technology fee, will receive a limited number of free print jobs. Their PC Prints account will allow between 500 and 800 free black and white print jobs per semester. Graduate and SCE students will be required to purchase a Visitor Card and make sure it has a balance in order to print. Faculty and staff will continue to receive unlimited print jobs to the public printers.

What is the PC Prints account?

The PC Prints account is the primary printing account for undergraduate students. Undergrads receive $40 each semester in their PC Prints account. This can be used only for printing to the public printers. All balances are reset to $40 at the start of each semester.

What happens when a student uses up their PC Prints account?

Print jobs will be charged to PC Cash when the PC Prints account is used up. Students will need to be sure they have money in their PC Cash account in order to print. There are cash-to-card machines located in Accinno Hall, the Library, the Ryan Center, and Slavin Center.

How much do print jobs cost?

  • Black & White, Single-sided – $0.08
  • Black & White, Double-sided – $0.05
  • Color, Single-sided – $0.50
  • Color, Double-sided – $0.25

Can I print from my own computer?

Yes! Simply download the correct drivers linked below. This must be done while on campus.

macOS

Download

Windows 64-bit (most common)

HP LaserJet (black & white)
Xerox (color)

Windows 32-bit (less common)

HP LaserJet (black & white)
Xerox (color)

Do I need Windows 64-bit or 32-bit?

  1. Go to the Control Panel.
  2. Choose System.
  3. In the System section, you should see System Type, which will display if you have 64-bit or 32-bit.

Printer Features and Locations

HP LaserJet printers are black & white only.
Xerox printers are color and black & white.

All printers can print double-sided. All general use computers on campus (in computers labs, library computer clusters, and classrooms) default to printing double-sided. If you install the drivers on your own computer, it will NOT default to double-sided. You must change this setting manually on your computer.

Xerox drivers default to printing in color. If you wish to print black & white only to a Xerox printer, you must change this setting manually.

Building Room/Area Printer Type(s)
​Accinno Hall ​100 ​HP LaserJet
​101 ​HP LaserJet, Xerox
​202 ​HP LaserJet
​207 ​HP LaserJet
​Albertus Magnus Hall ​102 ​HP LaserJet
​Harkins Hall ​3rd Floor Vending ​Xerox
​Howley Hall ​321 ​HP LaserJet
​322 ​HP LaserJet
​Moore Hall ​Main level ​Xerox
Phillips Memorial Library ​1st Floor ​HP LaserJet, Xerox*
​2nd Floor ​HP LaserJet, Xerox*
​E-Classroom (233) ​HP LaserJet
OAS Computer Lab ​HP LaserJet
​OAS Study Hall ​HP LaserJet
​OAS Tutoring Center ​HP LaserJet
​OAS Writing Center ​HP LaserJet
TecHub (lower leve) ​Xerox
​Ryan Center 1st Floor ​Xerox
​Ryan Center ​2nd Floor ​Xerox
​Science Building 201A ​Xerox
​Slavin Center 1st Floor ​Xerox
​Sullivan Hall 103 ​Xerox

*  The two smaller Xerox printers, located on the first and second floors of the library near the main stairwell, only print black & white.

I am a guest on campus. Am I able to print to these printers?

Campus guests and visitors can purchase a Visitor Card that can be used for printing. They must purchase the card for $1 and then add any additional printing funds to the card they may wish to use.

Visitor cards can be purchased at the following locations:

Accinno Hall, first floor near the vending machines
Phillips Memorial Library, first floor near the copy machine

Where can I add PC Cash to my card?

Accinno Hall, first floor near the vending machines
Phillips Memorial Library, first floor near the copy machine
Ryan Center
Slavin Center, lower level outside McPhail’s

PC Cash can also be added in Student Accounts in Harkins 400 or online at the PC Card website.

My card is not working. What can I do?

If you received a new ID card recently, it can take up to two hours for it to work with PC Prints.

Our staff is able to release your print job(s) for you. You can see someone in the Helpdesk in room LL25 of the Phillips Memorial Library, at the library circulation desk, or at the Helpdesk Satellite Office in the Ryan Center room 117. The staff in the Ryan Center are only available to assist with this Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The printer malfunctioned while printing my job. Can it be reprinted?

Yes! We can reprint your job to a functioning printer at no additional cost to you. You can see someone in the Helpdesk in room LL25 of the Phillips Memorial Library, at the library circulation desk, or at the Helpdesk Satellite Office in the Ryan Center room 117. The staff in the Ryan Center are only available to assist with this Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

If you have already reprinted your own print job, we can provide you with a refund. Please send an email to helpdesk@providence.edu with the date and time of the failed print job, along with the approximate cost.