Scanning, printing and copying in the University Library

Book scanners and multifunction printers (MFP) are available at all library locations.

[Translate to Englisch:] Universitätsbibliothek: Studentin beim Scannen von Literatur


At the book scanners you can make digital copies free of charge and save them on your USB stick. You do not need a card or library card.

  • Use the multipage mode if you want to combine several scans into one file.
  • The file size is displayed on the bottom left of the screen. The file size can be minimized if the black and white mode is selected for plain text originals.
  • Using special OCR text recognition software, you can make scans of text in image format searchable. OCR can be used directly at the scanner in copy room UA-027 in the reading room of the Main Library.
  • The devices can scan documents up to a size of 46 x 64.5 cm.

You can also make scans on the multifunction printers and save them to your USB stick or - up to a size of 10 MB - send them directly from the device to your KU e-mail address. Scanning at the MFP requires a card with a rechargeable chip (see prices and payment options below), from which a fee of 1 cent is charged per scan.


Print jobs can be sent to the multifunction printers from all Internet workstations in the libraries and from your own device. Files on USB sticks can also be printed out. The following file formats are accepted: PDF, TIFF, JPEG, XPS.

For more information on multifunction printers (Informationen zu Multifunktionsdruckern) and an overview of all multifunction printer locations and card loading options (Übersicht über alle Multifunktionsdrucker-Standorte), please visit the central pages of the KU.

Information on how to set up the printer driver for your own mobile devices (Einrichtung des Druckertreibers) is provided by the Computer Center.


You can make copies from books and magazines yourself on the multifunction printers.

Detailed information about the multifunction printers can also be found on the website of the university administration.


Please observe the copyright regulations when scanning, printing and copying. Further information can also be found in the BMBF and dbv handbook on "Urheberrecht in der Wissenschaft" ("Copyright in Science", PDF).

Prices and payment options


Copies and printouts (B/W)
A4: 0,05 Euro / A3: 0,10 Euro

Copies and printouts (color)
A4: 0,18 Euro / A3: 0,36 Euro

A4: 0,01 Euro / A3: 0,01 Euro

Scan with bookscaner
A4/A3: kostenlos

Please note: In order to use the multifunction printers, your KU.Card, cafeteria card or library card with payment chip must have a minimum balance of 0,72 Euro.

Payment options

Scanning at the book scanners is free of charge, no card is required.

Printouts and copies are paid for with one the following cards:

  • KU.Card (student identity card)
  • canteen card of the Studentenwerk Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • media card for KU employees (for business purposes)
  • the electronic library card for regional users

These cards are equipped with a rechargeable chip. The card readers are mounted next to the multifunction printers and also display the card balance. It is not possible to insert coins into the devices.

You can find machines for recharging your card in the foyer of the central library, in the departmental library Aula, in the Branch Library in Ingolstadt and at different locations at the university (Standorte an der Universität).