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Print Services

The Pharos Printing System

About Pharos
The Pharos system manages printers, copiers and scanners located in many common areas of the CUMC campus. Three of the printers are multi function, and can provide copying and scanning services in addition to printing.

Anyone wanting to use Pharos must have the following:

  • A CUMC email/MC domain account - your page quota and initial login to the Pharos printers is tied to your CUMC email/MC (Medical Center domain) account.
    A CUMC or Columbia ID card can also be swiped at any Pharos printer to access your account; the first time you swipe it will require your MC login as well.
  • A Pharos page quota - used to track the number of prints or copies made from Pharos printers. See Pharos Quotas below for full information.

To use Pharos, you must first send a print job from a computer that is connected to the Pharos print queue. A pop up window will appear prompting you to enter your login ID. You may then go to any Pharos printer on campus, swipe your ID card or log in with your MC account, and select your print job(s) to print. Detailed instructions - including configuring your own computer to print to Pharos - are on the How to Use Pharos page.

Pharos Printer Locations
The public computers in areas listed on the Computer Labs page are all able to send print jobs to any Pharos printer.

Location Pharos Printer Type
Bard Hall Lobby 2 Black and White
Georgian 4th Fl Room 415 1 Black and White
Hammer 1st Fl 24 Hour Computer Lounge 3 Black and White
1 Color
Hammer 1st Fl Knowledge Center (Library Lobby) 3 Black and White
Hammer 2nd Fl 3 Black and White
1 Color
2 Multi-function (black and white)*
Hammer LL1 Study Lounge Room 104 2 Black and White
Neurological Institute 8th Fl Student Lounge 1 Black and White
Physicians and Surgeons Student Lounge 1st Fl 1 Black and White
Presbyterian Hospital 20th Fl DBMI Lobby 1 Multi-function (black and white)*
School of Nursing 1st Fl 1 Black and White
School of Nursing 2nd Fl 1 Multi-function (black and white)*
Tower 2 Lobby 1 Black and White
Tower 3 Amenity space 1 Black and White
Vagelos Education Center 4th Fl 1 Black and White
1 Color
Vagelos Education Center 7th Fl 1 Black and White
1 Color
1 Multi-function (black and white)*
Vanderbilt Clinic 8th Fl Student Lounge 1 Multi Function (black and white)*

* Multi Function Printers (MFP) allow for black and white copies and color scanning as well as black and white printing. Color copying and printing are not available via the MFPs because they do not use color ink.

Pharos Quotas

Student Semester Quota
  • Students must be enrolled in a CUMC program and taking classes at CUMC during the current semester to receive the quota.
  • Active students receive unlimited black and white pages and 200 color pages.
  • Pages that are not used by the end of the current semester do not roll over into the next period.
  • Additional color pages can be purchased in increments of $1.00 at the cost of $.10 per page. All other purchased page details below apply for students adding to their quota.
Faculty Semester Quota
  • Faculty must have their main affiliation with CUMC and be instructing classes at CUMC during the current semester.
  • Active faculty receive 1000 pages per semester, deducted at the same rate as purchased pages below.
  • Faculty quotas are not automatically added each semester, please contact the Service Desk if needed.
  • Faculty may purchase additional pages, all details under purchased pages below apply when adding to a faculty quota.
Purchased Pages
  • Anyone with an active MC account can purchase pages to use with the CUMC Pharos printers at the CUMC IT Service Desk on Hammer 2nd Floor during our hours of operation.
  • Pages are sold in increments of $1.00 only. Pages are deducted at print out:
    • Black and white printers deduct $.10 per page, whether double or single sided.
    • Color printers deduct $.50 per page, whether color ink is used or not.
  • Unused pages expire at the end of the calendar year, regardless of when during the year they were purchased.
  • Any pages purchased online via the CUIT (Morningside Campus Technical Support) web site can only be used on the Morningside campus through the PawPrint system. If you will not be printing at Morningside do not purchase pages this way!

Printing and copying are charged at the same rates. Scans are free to send as an attachment to any email address, see Copying and Scanning for full information.

Using Your Quota
Nothing is deducted from your quota until you log in to a Pharos printer and initiate the physical print job. The printer will display your Account Information as either pages or dollar amount remaining. Deductions are based on the individual account quota/type, please review information above if needed.

Black and white Pharos printers print double-sided by default from the public computers. To print single-sided you must select advanced options when you are first sending the print job (File - Print - Properties or Layout options). Color printers can only print single-sided.

If a print job jams, the printer should automatically re-print at the same location once the jam has been cleared. Contact the Service Desk if a printer jams and you need assistance.

All print jobs that you have not yet printed will remain in the Pharos queue under your account for 24 hours. After 24 hours, print jobs expire and are removed from the queue.

Please see the links in the left column of this page for more information about Pharos and other CUMC related printing services.

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Last updated 7/18/2018