PC Print / Papercut - How to use the “Pay for Print” System at Parkland (for students and employees)

This article explains how students and employees with an active Parkland email account can print documents from a subset of the public machines on campus.

What is the purpose of Papercut (formerly called PC Print)?

The purpose of PC Print is to reduce waste and to encourage the efficient use of printing resources in the Parkland Library (R201 & R227), the B117 BCST lab, and in the Center for Academic Success (D120).

  How much does it cost to print? - (Note: Parkland employees can use the public machines in the Library to print for free. This is handy for employees who do not have an office with a computer/printer setup.)

  • B/W prints - 10 cents/page
  • Color prints - 50 cents/page
  • B/W, double-sided prints - 15 cents/sheet
  • Color, double-sided prints - 75 cents/sheet


All of the computers in the Center for Academic Success (D120), the B117 CSIT lab, and the Parkland Library (R201 & R227) are connected via the Papercut system.  This means that no matter which site you are working in, you can pay for, print, and pick up your job(s) in any of the above locations.

1. Before you print, click on Print Preview to confirm that your document is exactly the way you want it. Remove any blank pages so that you do not get charged for them.

2. Select “PRINT.”  The default printer setting, “PCPrint on ps1,” is single-sided, black and white, on 8.5 x 11 paper and can be paid for and printed in any of the above locations. 

*Note: If you would like to print a color document you must select “PCPrintColor on ps1

3. A dialogue box will appear and prompt you for your ParklandOne username and password.

4. Go to the release station computer located next to the printer and enter your user name and password.  You will see a list of all the print jobs that you have sent (but not yet printed) in the last 24 hours.  (Jobs not claimed within 24 hours will disappear.)  Select the job you want to print and click on the “Print” button.  All students are given $1.00 of complimentary print credit.  To add more money, please log into the Add-Value station (located next to the release stations) with your ParklandOne username and password and insert the exact amount of cash/coins that you would like to add to your account. PLEASE NOTE: THE ADD VALUE STATIONS DO NOT GIVE CHANGE.

New!  Now you can add money to your print account using a credit or debit card in the Library!
It's so easy!  Go to the "Add Money" station with the yellow sign above it (it’s the machine on the right).  Log into your print account, swipe your credit/debit card, and click "Done."  That's it!  Each swipe of your credit or debit card will deduct $2 and load it onto your print account.
If you have questions, or still aren't quite sure how to do it, please ask at the Library Desk or the Tech Help Desk.

See Also:

Tech Service Desk: Contact and Hours

In-Person Assistance: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., M-F, room A184

Phone/Virtual Assistance: 217-353-3333 * techhelp@parkland.edu

Fall/Spring: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. M-Th. / 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fridays

Summer: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. M-Th

Keywords:print documents queue pcprint papercut printing pay for print   Doc ID:55861
Owner:Dava R.Group:Parkland College
Created:2015-09-02 11:51 CDTUpdated:2019-05-23 11:03 CDT
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