How to use Swipe to Print in the Library

Follow these instructions to use the new Swipe to Print process in the Library and Commons buildings.


To print using the new Swipe to Print process, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Active Student
  • Money in your Pay for Print account
  • Printing from a Library Computer
  • Printing using the QuickPrint feature using the "Student-BW" or "Student-Colour" printing queue


  1. From a UBCO Student/Lab Workstation, click Print in your application.
  2. In the printer dialogue box, ensure that the "Student-BW" or "Student-Colour" printer is selected.
  3. The print job will be held until you release the print job or a maximum of 4 hours.
  4. To release the print job, "Swipe" your Student Card at one of the available Library/Commons devices.
  5. Your document(s) will be pulled down from the virtual holding queue will begin to print after it is processed.


  1. If you do not have your UBC Student ID card, you can release your print job by authenticating directly at the device by using your Student Number and PIN.
  2. If you do not know your PIN, or wish to reset it, log into the Pay For Print portal and Change PIN. 
  3. If you wish to cancel your print job, you can cancel anytime using the Pay For Print portal, or your job will be cancelled automatically after 4 hours.

 Swipe To Print

For more information or assistance, please contact the ITServices Helpdesk - 250.807.9000 or 855.807.9001.
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