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University Library

Photocopying & Printing

Summer 2013 Update: CIS and the Library have worked towards unifying the charging mechanisms for NPCS printing and Library photocopying, which will benefit users by simplifying the current arrangements. Photocopying cards in the library will not be sold after September 2013. Existing photocopying cards should be used up as soon as possible and not stock piled in Departments or by individuals. In order to allow users to use up credit on existing copier cards, a small number of MFDs compatible with existing photocopier cards will be retained at Bill Bryson Library and at Queen's Campus Library. These devices will stay in place until the end of December 2013.

For further information please see the CIS information pages about printing

Where are the printing/copying facilities in the Library?

In the Bill Bryson Library there are 2 print zones. One zone is located on Level 2 next to the Short Loan area. Another Print zone is located on Level 3 to the right of the door from the Main staircase.

In the Leazes Road Library there is one self-service printer/copier in the service area.

In the Queen's Campus Library, Stockton there is a print zone in the main PC area.

How do I pay for photocopying and printing?

Durham University members need to have credits on their CIS account. You can check your balance and top-up with a credit/debit card online (minimum payment £5) here or using the cash kiosks in the Bill Bryson and Queen’s Campus Libraries. The cash kiosks accept coins and notes; minimum top-up is £0.05p.
Visitors may purchase cards costing £5:00 from dispensers in the Library or from the Desk at Leazes Road library. 

How much does it cost?

The basic charges are, per side:

  • A4 monochrome: 4p
  • A4 colour: 20p
  • A3 monochrome: 8p
  • A3 colour: 40p

For full details and to add print credit, see the CIS purchasing page.

How many pages of a book can I photocopy or scan?

Durham University holds a licence with the Copyright Licensing Agency. Under copyright law, you are permitted to copy one chapter of a book, or 5% of the total pages of a book, whichever is greater. Please familiarize yourself with copyright regulations for photocopying; these are displayed on the wall beside the machines.

Book Scanner

The Book Scanner offers an alternative to the Bill Bryson Library’s photocopiers. The Book Scanner means students won’t need to wait for a PC with a scanner to become available in our busy computer rooms and visitors to the Bill Bryson Library who don’t have access to the University’s Networked PC Service will also be able to use it.

Copying using the Book Scanner is subject to copyright restrictions. Full details are available on the Copyright Licencing Agency website.

Greenspace’s Carbon Ring-Fenced Fund has funded the purchase of the Book Scanner to reduce carbon emissions. The scanner uses significantly less energy than the photocopiers and uses no paper or toner. To find out more about Greenspace, visit: