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Hostos Library Policies and Procedures: Copying and printing

Copying and printing

Printing and copying services are funded by the CUNY Student Technology Fee with the support of the Office of Administration and Finance.  The printing/copying system functions by way of Pharos Systems software and Lexmark MultiFunction Printers (Lexmark MultiFunction Printers have both copying and printing capabilities.)

Printing and copying services are available in the reserve area of the library on the 3rd floor  and in the reference area on the 2nd floor of the library.


  • Hostos students MUST have their usernames and passwords in order to print or copy.
  • How to Get a Username and Password -Hostos email account usernames and passwords must be used for the printing/copying system in the Library.  No other usernames or passwords will work.  Hostos students who do not know their username and password should click here.
  • Register Username and Password – Once the username and password are obtained, please register the account by using the Self-Service Password Management (SSPM) system. Click here for mor information.
  • Forgotten/Non-Functioning Passwords – If a password is forgotten or is not functioning, please come to either the Reserve Desk (A-308F) or Circulation Desk (A-308B) for assistance. Both desks are located on the 3rd floor of the Library.

Copy Cards 

How to Get a Copy Card – Copy cards cost $1.00 and can only be obtained from the Reserve Desk (A-308F) located on the 3rd floor of the Library. Copy cards can also be used for printing.

Hostos Students – must show a currently validated Hostos ID card and provide their username.  (NO EXCEPTIONS!)
Hostos Faculty and Staff – must show a currently validated Hostos ID card.
CUNY Students, Faculty, and Staff – must show a currently validated ID card from their institution.
Other Users without a Hostos User ID and password – must show an ID card that is accepted by the Office of Public Safety.

Printing and Copying Allotments

Registered Hostos students receive $50 each semester for printing and copying. This money comes out of the student tech fee. CUNY Start and CLIP students receive $10 per semester for printing and copying.

Hostos students may add money to their accounts by using their ID or a copy card with the copy card machine in the Reserve Room (A-308F), located on the 3rd floor.

Please note that any money left in your account at the end of the semester does not roll over to the next semester. IT will wipe your account clean and give you the new allotment at the beginning of the next term.

Material Type

Letter Copies (8.5 x 11) $.10/page
Legal Copies (8.5 x 14) $.15/page
Double-Sided Letter Copies (8.5 x 11) $.20/copy
Double-Sided Legal Copies (8.5. x 14) $.30/copy
Microform Copies $.10/page     
Printing $.10/page
Coin-Operated Copies– Letter and Legal   $.10/page

 Where to get Help

  • For help with copy machines, copy cards, Virtual Cash Acceptor machine, microform copies, please go to the Reserve Desk (A-308F) on the 3rd floor.
  • For help with usernames and passwords, please go the Reserve Desk (A-308F) or the Circulation Desk (A-308B) on the 3rd floor.
  • For help with computer workstations and printing machines, please go the Reference Desk (A-213K) on the 2nd floor.

Hostos Copyright Notice

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of Copyright Law.