Double-sided printing

We have had a lot of feedback about the recent introduction of double-sided printing at the library.

You wrote:

It is a great idea. Instructions are clear and visible. This should avoid bad surprises when someone wants to print a single-sided assignment. On the other hand, for the reduced amount of paper, a cost reduction would be appreciated by the students. Thank you.

and, you also wrote:

Great idea! The environment is very important. Also important to pass the savings on to students or explain where the funds are going to be used. Thank you.

and, finally, you wrote:

The cost of double-sided is the same as single-sided although we are only using one sheet of paper for two prints. Should there not be a reduction of price, unless the cost of paper is only a small portion of total cost.

Thanks for all your feedback. We’re glad that you are in favour of the default double-sided printing we introduced in December.

The Library operates its printing service on a cost recovery basis – we make no profit but we have no other budget to cover the cost of toner, equipment, maintenance and paper.  The cost of paper is actually only 0.84 cents per sheet, and we had to see how successful double-sided printing would be before we could pass even that small amount on to our students. Fortunately, it has been a great success on both campuses, and since March 2 we have reduced the cost of printing from 7 to 6 cents per page.

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