Printing systems at Carleton are subject to change. This page will be updated regularly, but if you see a red warning label over a page or topic, that information may be out of date. If you see that label, proceed with caution.

This page was last updated on 2/24/17.

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Printing at Carleton is very different from printing at home or even printing at another school. To successfully print at Carleton, you will need to be familiar with software or printing methods that you may have never interacted with. That's why this page exists! This page serves as a helpful guide to printing at Carleton, and can be useful to students, staff, faculty and guests.

Please note that this page is meant to be used as a reference guide, and may not be able to answer very specific questions. For example if you were doing a Fine Arts project and needed to print out an image, this page would be helpful for answering the question, "What file types can I print off while using WebPrint?", but it would not be helpful for answering the question "What file resolution would be best to print this image in?" or "What file type should I print this image in?". But don't worry if you have these types of questions, because you have several resources to help you:


This Page

How do I scan at Carleton?

How do I use WebPrint?

Your Professor

I'm having trouble printing from a department specific application!

What file type is best for this assignment?

ITS Helpdesk

The printer in the CMC lobby won't turn on!

PaperCut keeps saying my account is locked!

Reference Librarian/ResearchIT Desk

The printer on 4th Libe won't turn on!

I need help printing/scanning something from microfiche!


Don't know what resource to check? Don't stress yourself out. If you ask any of these resources for help, they should be able to point you to the right place.


These guides will assist you with the basics of printing, as well as how to navigate Carleton specific printing systems.


These guides are meant for ITS and library employees to help troubleshoot printing problems. Do not attempt to perform these fixes if you are not authorized to do so. Many of these fixes require ITS specific tools to work, and you may not be able to make them work. Also remember that tampering with printers is against Carleton Guidelines for both faculty and students. Remember if you break it, you buy it.

That being said, if you are an authorized ITS worker, click here.


These are helpful articles that aren't full guides, but still have things that are useful to know.

  • Web Print vs. Client Print: Which One Should I Use?

    • That depends on your particular situation. Please consult this guide to determine which system to use.

  • How do I Print from a Mobile Device?
    • ITS is still perfecting a stable way to print from mobile devices. Regardless, there is a guide here that details some possible ways to print. Please note that mobile printing will only work for students and faculty at this time, as all current methods require a Carleton username and password.
  • How do Student Workers Print?
    • The printing process for student workers has changed in recent years. ITS has created a detailed guide for this process, which can be found here. Please note that student worker accounts (accounts that have the prefix "stu_") are no longer supported, and all student printing must be done with a regular Carleton account.
  • How Much Does it Cost to Print?

    • Friend of the College cardholders are charged 10 cents per side for Black & White and 40 cents per side for Color at the Gould Library and at other public labs on campus.  Print Services prices and the web-based submission process can be accessed here .   

    • Printing and copying on office/lab equipment costs 4 cents per side for Black & White and 15 cents per side for Color for Carleton departments, faculty, staff and students.  Administrators should keep in mind their office budget is also charged for the cost of the paper in their office's printer and MFP.  If you have a large print job, we recommend Print Services in Leighton 128, which offers the best duplication prices on campus. Print Services prices and the web-based submission process can be accessed here . 

  • Can I order specialty paper or stationary from the college?
    • Yes. You can order specialty items from the Creative Services Department here.


If you cannot find the question to your question after reviewing this guide, contact the ITS Helpdesk at x5999 or use one of the resources listed above.