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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:

  • An 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. Step by step 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 Library Lobby 2 Black and White
1 Multi-function (black and white)*
Hammer 2nd Fl 4 Black and White
1 Color
1 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 2 Black and White
1 Color
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

Per semester quotas of unlimited black and white pages and 200 color pages are automatically given to active students. Students must be enrolled in a CUMC program and taking classes at CUMC during the current semester to receive the quota. Pages that are not used by the end of the current semester do not roll over into the next period.

Any faculty, students, or staff with active MC accounts who need additional pages can be purchase them at the cost of $.10 per black and white page or $.50 per page for color printing. Pages are sold in increments of $1.00. Pages can be purchased at the CUMC IT Service Desk located on the 2nd floor of the Hammer building.

  • Unused purchased pages expire at the end of the calendar year, regardless of when in 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 rate. Scanning is free, with no account required. Scans can be sent as an attachment to any email address, see Copying and Scanning for full information.

Your current quota will appear on the touch panel displays with the amount of pages remaining.
  • Black and White (CUMC_B&W) prints deduct 1 page from your quota*, whether double or single sided. This equals 10 cents per purchased printed page.
  • Color (CUMC_Color) prints deduct 5 pages from your print quota*. This is true of any pages that come out of the Color printer, whether color ink is used or not. This equals 50 cents from purchased pages.
    NOTE: The color printers can only print single-sided.
* The student per semester quota displays as 200 pages. When printing B&W, nothing is deducted from this quota; when printing color, 1 page is deducted per physical page.
Nothing is deducted from your print quota until you log into a Pharos printer and initiate the physical print job. 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).

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 10/20/2017