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Durham University

University Library

Photocopying & Printing

Where are the printing/copying facilities in the Library?

Bill Bryson Library - there is a print zone on Level 2, and on level 3 in the computer room.

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

ISC Library, Stockton - there is a print zone opposite the staff desk.

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 £1) 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.

How much does it cost?

The basic charges are, per side:

  • A4 monochrome: 5p
  • A4 colour: 20p
  • A3 monochrome: 10p
  • 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 10% 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: