Printing (color & BW)

Most spaces in the Library on floors Ground, 1 & 2 will be open to SF State faculty, students and staff for Fall Semester 2021 starting Monday, August 16, 2021. Please be prepared to show the GHG Ambassador the green dot for your daily health screening.

Please see our guide to how to access our services and collections and contact us with any questions you may have here.

Print Options & Locations

Black & White - 7¢ per sheet

Standard size is 8 1/2" x 11". Available in Research CommonsStudy Commons and Digital Media StudioPrint / Copy rooms are found on each floor of the Library, outside and behind the elevator lobbies.

Standard Color - 50¢ per sheet

Standard size is 8 1/2" x 11". Available in Research CommonsStudy Commons and Digital Media StudioChoose OneCard Color Postscript printer.

Tabloid Color - $1.50 per sheet

Tabloid size is 11" x 17". Available in Digital Media Studio.

Poster Printing

Standard sizes listed below. Custom sizes also available. Digital Media Studio.


  • 18" x 24" - $18
  • 24" x 36" - $36
  • 36" x 48" - $72


  • 18" x 24" - $21
  • 24" x 36" - $42
  • 36" x 48" - $84

Other Locations

There are printing services in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, including poster printing and fax services.

Ctrl+P Digital Print Shop.
Monday - Friday: 8 AM to 5 PM
Room M110, Mezzanine Level
(415) 338-7123


Black & White and Color

Pay with valid SF State OneCard or a guest card. You can add value to your OneCard or guest card at an Add Value Station in the Research CommonsStudy Commons or near the Research Assistance Desk on the 1st Floor of the Library. Guest cards are available for $2 at these machines. Campus OneCard info. 


Pay online with debit or credit cards or with e-Check. A service charge is added to credit and debit card purchases. e-Checks must clear before job will be printed. 

Print from Your Own Laptop

Install Windows or Mac software to print from your laptop. Installers have been tested for OS X Lion (10.7) – OS X El Capitan and Windows XP – Windows 10 laptops. All software is installed at your own risk. Please read the instructions before installing. No printing from phones and tablets.






  • Windows Laptop: OneCard PostScript Library WiFi
  • Macintosh Laptop: SFSU_Library_Printer

Printing PDFs

Very large PDF files sometimes print very slowly or not at all. 
Please follow these instructions to help prevent printer network log jams.

  1. Select Print As Image and set to 150 dpi
  2. Do not print from browser
  3. Save document to personal or temp drive
    • Name file and remember where you saved it
    • Do not save to desktop
  4. Open PDF in Acrobat Pro
    • File > Print
    • In print dialog box push Advanced button

There is also a step-by-step guide for printing large/complex PDF documents: Resolving PDF Printing Problems.