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The Pharos Printing System

The Pharos system manages printers, copiers and scanners located in many common areas of the CUMC campus, including the CUMC IT Computer Labs and Health Sciences Library. Two of the printers are multi function, and can provide copying and scanning services in addition to printing. Anyone wanting to use Pharos must have:

  • A UNI - used to log in to the Pharos printer terminals and multi-function printers.
  • A Pharos page quota - used to track the number of prints or copies made from Pharos printers. Please see below for more information about quotas.

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 UNI. You may then go to any Pharos printer on campus, log in with your UNI and select your print job(s) to print. Step by step instructions - including configuring your own computer to print to Pharos - can be found 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.

Pharos Printer Type Printer Location
Black and White 2 in Hammer Library Lobby
Black and White 3 in the 24 Hour Computer Lounge at Hammer Library entrance
Color 24 Hour Computer Lounge at Hammer Library Entrance
Multi Function Black and White* 1 in the Hammer Library Lobby
Black and White 4 on the Hammer 2nd Floor
Color Hammer 2nd Floor near the Microcomputer Lab
Multi Function Black and White* Hammer 2nd Floor between the E-Lounge and Microcomputer Lab
Black and White Physicians and Surgeons Student Lounge 1st Floor
Black and White Hammer LL1 Teaching and Learning Center - Lounge Room 104
Black and White Bard Hall Recovery Room study area
Black and White Bard Hall Lobby
Black and White Tower 2 Lobby
Black and White Georgian 2nd Floor Lobby
Black and White Georgian 4th Floor Room 415


* 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 1000 Pharos pages are automatically given to active students* and faculty. Students must be enrolled in a CUMC program and taking classes at CUMC during that semester to receive the quota.

*Students in their first or second year at College of Dental Medicine and College of Physicians and Surgeons students have unlimited black and white printing quotas, with a 200 page quota on color printing.

Any faculty, staff and students with active UNI accounts who need additional pages can be purchase by 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 or Photocopy Center located on the 2nd floor of the Hammer building. These purchased pages remain on your account until they are used. IMPORTANT: any pages purchased online via the CUIT (Morningside Campus Technical Support) web site can only be used on the Morningside campus through the Ninja 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 a free service but does require a UNI login, and scans can only be emailed to a columbia.edu address. Please see the Copying and Scanning page 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.
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 UNI 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 6/05/2014


 
 
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