Printing, Photocopying and Scanning

The machines in the Library are printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is at least one machine located on each floor of the Library.  There is a colour printer/photocopier/scanner on the ground floor and one on the second floor also. Printers, photocopiers and scanners are also available elsewhere in the University.

If you are unable to come to the Library, or can only visit infrequently, you can ask the Library to scan copies of articles from journals and chapters from books for you (see Serviced Scanning section below).

Self-Service Printing and Photocopying

The Library uses the FollowMe print system that is also in operation in the Main Building. This system allows you to print to local printers in the same room as you as well as other printers around the University using one printer credit account. Please see the IT Services student guide for printing for a more detailed explanation and instructions.  You can also print from your own laptop or home computer using the FollowMe system.  This is a trial service and instructions are available here.  Watch these video guides to help you use the photocopying, printing and scanning facilities in the Library. 

Serviced Scanning (for Distance Learning, Placement and Part-time students only)

You can ask for scanned copies of articles from journals and chapters from books to be made on your behalf. These will be emailed to your Aston email address.  In order to request a scan, please fill in the request form and return to us in the Library.

Please check first to see if the book or journal is available at Aston using Library SmartSearch.

If we do not have what you want you will need to use the Inter Library Loan service.

You may only request one article from any one issue of a journal, or one reasonable length chapter from a book. Requests for multiple articles or chapters from the same issue/book are not permitted due to copyright legislation.

Serviced scanning costs 8p per page.  Charges will be added to your Library record to be paid at the end of your course of study or when the amount reaches £5.  Payment can be made online or in cash in the Library using the self-service machines.

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Adding credit to your UniCARD

Stapling your documents

If you want to staple, you can do this within the Printer Properties when you send your work to print or you can use the stapling facilities on the printers. 


Paper size  Print/Photocopy options   Price
A4  Mono - Simplex 2½p
   Mono - Duplex  4p
   Colour - Simplex  40p
   Colour - Duplex  55p
 A3  Mono - Simplex  6p
   Mono - Duplex  8p
   Colour - Simplex  70p
   Colour - Duplex  £1.05

To print and photocopy you will need to swipe your uniCARD through the swipe unit attached to the machine.  You can add credit (1 credit = 1 pence) to your uniCARD:

  • online at http://followme.aston.ac.uk/
    (minimum top-up is £3, maximum top-up is £30).
  • using the credit top-up machine in the Library
    (£5, £10 or £20 notes required, no change given).
Please contact IT Helpdesk for help or queries with online payments (08:00-18:00 Monday-Thursday, 08:00-17:00 Friday), email it_helpdesk@aston.ac.uk or telephone +44(0) 121 204 3445.

When photocopying remember to swipe your card to end your session.

Please make sure that you keep within the copyright restrictions on printing/photocopying which are displayed near to each of the printer/photocopiers.

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