Printing Updates

We upgraded Summer 2013 to a more robust PaperCut setup, including new multifunction devices (MFDs) that print, copy, scan to email and more, in our community printing locations. Anyone who used PaperCut in Spring 2013 must update the PaperCut Client on their computer before being able to print to a community printer. 

The new version of PaperCut and the new community printers have several benefits beyond those of the original version:

  • You can release your jobs directly from the printers without having to use a separate release station.
  • You can make copies using your PaperCut quota.
  • You can staple your printouts as a "finishing" option on the printers.
  • You can scan documents to email without it affecting your PaperCut quota.
  • You can print color and 11x17 documents using your PaperCut quota in an expanded number of locations (Clapp Reference, Science Library and Art Library).
  • You can now print, copy and scan to email in the Wang Campus Center.
  • Non-Wellesley guests (visiting scholars, summer programs, etc.) will be able to copy and print for a fee using PaperCut on our community printers.
Black and white printing is free (without a limit) for all students for the Spring 2014 semester; there is a fee for color printing.  Faculty and staff printing outside of these locations remains unchanged. For information on how print jobs count against your quota, read How do my pages count against my quota? below.
Your PaperCut account details are available by logging into the web portal with your Wellesley domain account:

Instructions for Using the MFDs
To view instructions below, you must be logged into your Wellesley Gmail account.

PaperCut FAQs
What is the purpose of PaperCut?
Colleges implementing print management software often report an immediate reduction in printing volume due to the reduction of waste. Our Spring 2013 data showed a measurable reduction in the previous 3 million pages per year printing rate. 
How do I print to a community printer?
To print to one of these community printers, you will print to a generic printer queue. You can then release your print job from any of these printers (over the next 12 hours) by logging into the printer with your Wellesley domain account.  Logging into a printer is immediate; you will see all jobs you have submitted in the last 12 hours, and can choose which ones you would like to print. 
Where can I print with Papercut?
PaperCut is available in the following locations:
LCW Campus Center Student Resource Room
Clapp Library: Reference Room, Knapp Center, Computing Classroom
Science Center: Science Library, 1st and 2nd floor kiosk stations
Pendleton: Social Science Labs 327/327a
Jewett: Art and Music Libraries
Why does it say I only have X balance?
Papercut assigns each person an allotment based on the average number of pages printed by Wellesley students per semester.  Increase requests can be made by using the Papercut Allotment Increase form linked above.
Why is my balance represented in $ and not pages? Am I being charged?
If you printed using PaperCut in the Spring 2013, your balance was represented in pages. Now your balance is represented in dollars. The default balance is still equivalent to 1000 black and white pages. You are not being charged for the black & white pages you print. Increase requests can be made (without charge) by using the Papercut Allotment Increase for linked above. As of 10/1/2013, we charge for color printing:
  • Color 8.5x11 pages: $0.20 per page 
  • Color 11x17 pages: $0.40 per page

For students: Color printing charges will be posted monthly to your Library account. Any unpaid color printing charges will be forwarded to Student Financial Services in December and May.

For faculty/staff: Charges will be journaled to your department.

Moving to this new accounting system allows us to incude color printing and to provide printing to non-Wellesley patrons (including visiting scholars, summer groups, etc.) 
How do pages count towards my allotment?
Different printing types will count differently towards your allotment. Papercut counts "pages." Each page can be either single or double-sided.
A two page document printed single-sided = 2 pages.
A two page document printed double-sided = 1 page.
  • Color 8.5x11 pages: .20 per page (charged to students' library accounts or faculty/staff members' department)
  • B&W 8.5x11: .01 per page
  • Color 11x17 pages: .40 per page (charged to students' library accounts or faculty/staff members' department)
  • B&W 11x17: .02 per page

Your default quota is $10.00 for the Spring 2014 semester. This is the equivalent of 1000 double-sided 8.5x11 black and white pages.

What features are available to me?
With the web interface, available at this website:, you can precisely track your printing usage over the course of a semester. PaperCut can display your printing trends, environment impact, job history, jobs you have submitted for release and more. Due to privacy concerns, PaperCut does not store the actual print jobs after they are released to the printer. 
How long do I have between printing a document and releasing it?
PaperCut stores print requests for 12 hours before removing them if they are not released. After 12 hours, the print job is deleted from the server.
What if I have questions?
Email with any questions or feedback.


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