From Scraps to Reams: A Survey of Printing Services in Academic Libraries

Beth Ashmore, Sara E. Morris

Abstract

The growing number of electronic resources available in libraries has led to the adoption of printing as an integral part of library services. However, the high costs associated with providing printing have led many libraries to charge a printing fee. This article explores how academic libraries in the Southeastern United States are grappling with providing printing services both economically and equitably. The research finds that nearly half of the libraries surveyed are currently charging for printing, with another quarter considering charging in the future. Although no institutional characteristics appear to accompany a printing fee, the research finds that extensive planning and campuswide collaboration are essential components for the successful implementation of a fee-based printing system.

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