Printing & Scanning

Updated Nov. 3, 2015.

The Law Library has printing stations, book and document scanners, and a microfiche/film reader/scanner.

Photocopiers are no longer available. To make a copy from pages in a book, use one of the book scanners and then print the scanned images (or download them to your own USB drive or send via email).

Remember to logout after making copies or printouts!


Where: Book scanners and printers are in the Copy Alcoves in the Reference Area and behind the Bogle & Gates Student Lounge on Floor L1.

Scanning: Scanning is free. From the scanners, you can save a document to a thumb drive, to your smart phone, or email it.

Paying for printing: The printers accept only UW Husky Cards and Dawg Prints cards .

Adding money to your card:

  • Add money to your Husky Card online .
  • Purchase a Dawgprints card from the machine in the L1 Copy Alcove by the Student Lounge. The card costs $.20 but can be reused and reloaded with additional cash.
  • Add money to your Dawgprints card using the machine in Copy Alcove by the Student Lounge.

Failure to logout will allow the next user to make copies at your expense!

For printing from computers in the Law Library (including personal laptops), use the pay-to-print system. Any document -- from the Internet, library catalogs, or commercial indexes to which the Library subscribes -- can be printed via the printers in the Copy Alcoves on L1.

Copy Alcove Printer and Book Scanner

Book scanner and printer workstation.

Paying with Husky Cards or Dawg Prints Cards

The printers do not accept coins or bills. You must use either a UW Husky card (to which you have added value) or a Dawg Prints card (available for purchase by library visitors who do not have Husky cards).

Printouts cost 12₵ per side of the paper and printing is done on both sides of the page (duplex). You can switch to single-sided printing if you choose.


Dawg Prints cards are purchased from the machine on the wall in the L1 Copy Alcove next to the Law Student Lounge. The machine accepts only bills. After you purchase the card, re-insert it into the slot to load the money onto the card. A card costing $1.00 has $.80 worth of copying/printing on it; $5.00 cards have $4.80 worth of copying/printing. Cards can be re-loaded with additional funds when the balance is low.

To add value to a Dawg Prints card or to check the balance on a card, use the Add Value station in the Copy Alcove adjacent to the Law Student Lounge.

Laptop users who want to use the printers in the Law Library need to download the printer driver software. Visit the Dawg Prints Printer Location page and then scroll down to the Gates Law School entries; the library printers are marked as "L114"; select the link for the operating system that your laptop uses and download the appropriate software. Note that you have a choice to add either the color printer and/or a duplex (black/white) printer software.


Step-by-Step Instructions for Printing from Library Computers

  1. Find the item that you wish to print. The document may be a record from the Law Library catalog, a group of records from LegalTrac (the legal periodical index), a list of citations from KeyCite, or a full-text document from a website. The text of the document should be displayed on the monitor.
  2. Click on the Print icon at the top of the screen OR from the menubar, click on File, then Print.
  3. In the popup window, type your name and a short name for your document.
  4. Click on OK.
  5. Go to one of the Copy Alcoves on L1 and swipe either your Husky Card or Dawg Prints card through the card reader attached to the adjacent keyboard.
  6. Select your print job from the list. If the printer has not been used recently, there will be a short delay as the printer warms up.
  7. The cost of the copy will be deducted from the Husky Card or Dawg Prints card.
  8. Logout.

Print requests are stored in the pay-to-print system for 24 hours. If you don't make your print-out within 24 hours, it will be deleted from the list.

Caution: If the website from which you are printing uses frames (such as KeyCite), you must click on the text in the area you want printed BEFORE proceeding with the printing instructions.

Alternatives to printing an electronic document include:

  • sending the document or its Uniform Resource Locator (URL) to your email address, or
  • downloading the document to a disk, USB flash drive (thumb drive), or writable CD or DVD.

Ask a reference librarian or the Circulation staff for assistance.


Step-by-Step Instructions for Printing from Your Laptop

Download the printer driver software. Here's how you do that:

  1. Go to the DawgPrints Printer Location site.
  2. Find your printer: Scroll down the list to "Gates Law School" and look for the software for L114. There are 4 different drivers listed. "Duplex" means double-sided printing and there is separate L114 software for color printing as well.
  3. Download the driver: Click the appropriate operating system link (e.g., "Mac OSX" for Macs).
  4. Install the software: Be sure to allow popups from the Dawgprints site, save the software to your computer, and install it.

Problem: tried to download the drivers but something's not working! What do I do?

  1. Visit the DawgPrints troubleshooting page for some suggestions.
  2. If you still can't fix the problem, email Creative Communications.

Where does my document print out?

The Law Library has two printers, both on L1. You can go to either printer station to initiate the print job after you have sent a document to the printing system.

  • One is in the Reference Area, next to the black and orange painting of the coyote.
  • The other is next to the Law Student Lounge, around the Classified Stacks.



The UW Creative Communications services the printers and scanners in the Library. The Refunds page provides an online refund request form and an email address.

Copies from Microfiche or Microfilm

You can view and/or scan microfiche/microfilm on the Scanpro workstation near the Circulation Desk. Detailed instructions on scanning materials to your email and/or printing are located at the workstation. Please ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk or Reference Office.



Two flatbed book and document scanners are located in the Copy Alcoves on L1. There is no cost for using the scanners, but you need to have a UW NetID to email scanned images. Visitors should ask for a temporary ID at the Circulation Desk.

Follow the step-by-step instructions displayed on the monitor attached to the scanner. You can copy scanned images to a USB (thumb) drive or email them. Note that some PDF files are quite large and may exceed the capacity of some email providers.

Please note that there is a 15-minute time limit on using the scanners. The time limit ensures that anyone who needs to scan a document can do so without encountering a long wait time.

Scanned documents may now be printed in color on the printer in the Copy Alcove near the Law Student Lounge. Color copies cost 75₵.

Ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk or the Reference Office.


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