• Photo of a student at a computer in the TechDeck.
  • Photo of a lab computer.
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Photo of a student at a computer in the TechDeck.

Computing at the Library


Users will be able to access public computers in the Libraries in one of two ways:

  • Using a UM login with uniqname and umich password, for access to all library resources and full access to the Internet
  • Using a Guest login on selected public computers for access to many library resources, with no access to anonymous email sites.

How can I get a UM uniqname and password?

Most UM faculty, staff and students are assigned a uniqname and password when they join the University. If you are not sure if you have one, or don't know what it is, Library staff can help you check the MCommunity directory to see if a uniqname is listed for you. If there is no uniqname listed, you can contact the ITS (Information & Technology Services) Service Center, or check your eligibility.

Temporary staff, visiting scholars and other guests of the University may be eligible for a uniqname and umich password. Users should contact the administrator in the UM department with which they are affiliated about obtaining a uniqname. The UM department can then contact the Accounts Office on the user's behalf. Visitors who are not eligible for a uniqname can use selected guest access computers in the library.

Please note that off-campus access to online resources is not included with alumni borrowing privileges; please see the Library Services for Alumni page for details. (Alumni may still use many online resources by logging in as a guest on selected public computers in a library location.)

ITS Service Center

The ITS Service Center can assist with computing accounts, uniqnames, passwords, printing allocations and billing inquiries regarding ITS services.


Printing from public computers is charged based on user type:

UM Login: UM authenticated users are charged against their University Basic Computing Package printing allocation (up to $24 of free printing per semester for students). They can also choose to use a guest copy card to pay for printing at a designated guest printer. Please note that for faculty and staff printing in the Libraries, their UM departments must make arrangements with ITS for 50 page printing allocation. prior to printing documents.

Guest Login: Print jobs will be directed to a specific guest printer, where a debit card must be used to pay for printing. This is the same card used for public copiers and microform printers throughout the Library. Guest printing from Library computers costs 6 cents per page.

What if I exceed my allocation?

Students will have their student account charged at 6 cents per impression for every impression above the $24 allocation. This shows up on the student account statement - the same account through which tuition and other fees are charged - as "Additional Computing Services." Students receive several email warnings when they are about to exceed their allocation.

Other options for students: Students who are doing departmental work may contact their department's administrator to obtain funds to cover their work-related printing and may purchase a printing/copy debit card to supplement their course printing costs if they do not wish to pay through their student account. Copies/print outs still cost 6 cents per impression.

How can I get a printing/copy card?

See Library Copy Services Webpage.


Refund requests for poor quality print jobs funded through ITS printing are made via ITS' MPrint Refund Request form.

Refunds for poor quality print jobs funded with the copy card will be made at the Graduate Library Circulation Department, located in the first floor North lobby, for all hours the Graduate Library is open.

How can I avoid or reduce printing charges?

Most library resources can be accessed remotely from computers in offices, dorm rooms, and private residences. There is no cost to access these resources, just a charge for printing on the library's public printers. You can print the information you seek on your personal printer at no cost. 

Alternatives to printing

  • When using a computer within the library, you can often email the search results to yourself. You may also save to your own external USB device. You can then access the file in electronic format and read it from your computer or print it off on your personal printer later. U-M students can save files to your M+Box or Drive space. Please note: library and campus computers do not allow printing from USB devices because you cannot be charged for printing via that method.

Check before printing

  • Check the number of pages in your print job prior to printing by using the Print Preview function from the file menu of the browser. If you are printing a PDF document, this information is displayed at the bottom left side of the screen. Often blank pages will be included at the end of printouts from websites and the library's online resources. Using print preview and printing only the page range necessary can eliminate the additional pages.
  • Print only the pages needed by setting the page range prior to printing.

Useful Links

Knowledge Navigation Center (KNC)

Library System Outages

Off-campus Access to Library Resources


Campus Computing Sites

Page maintained by Karen Reiman-Sendi
Last modified: 08/29/2014