Michigan State University

On March 16, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an Executive Order temporarily closing many public spaces. All academic libraries are included in this order. The Main Library is closed, but we still offer virtual services and many resources do remain available. Please see our Online and Distance Learning resource page for specific Library resources. Reference services are still available via chat and phone. We do have temporary policies for returning/renewing material.

Printing to the Selma D. and Stanley C. Hollander MakeCentral: Service Desk

Two print options (MSU Print and/or MakeCentral) are available in the Main Library.  If you choose to print to the MakeCentral, you will need to identify your print job by your MSU NetID or the name and number posted on the system case of the computer from which you printed.

Library computers can send prints to the MakeCentral (2-West) for 5 cents per side for black&White and 40 Cents per side Color, payable by cash, check, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, American Express or MSU departmental account number (for those not eligible for, or not interested in, MSU Print accounts).

To avoid frustration with MakeCentral printing, please read the following carefully before choosing the MakeCentral printer. If you have questions, please ask at the MakeCentral before printing.

The default print option on all library computers is MSU Print. If you wish to print and don’t have an MSU Print account, you must click on “File,” then “Print,” and choose MakeCentral. (If you don't have credit on an MSU Print account and click on the printer icon on the top toolbar, the print will go to the printer and disappear.)

EXCEPTION FOR PDF files: To print a PDF document from Adobe Acrobat, you must use the print icon on the top toolbar within the Adobe window (NOT drop-down “File” menu) and choose MakeCentral.

Please be careful not to print the same thing more than once and keep track of how many print jobs you request in case someone before you left jobs unprinted. If you ask us to print all jobs from your workstation, you must pay for every printed page, even if you find there are duplicates because something was printed more than once or was someone else's print.

To request your prints, you must have the identification letters and numbers (Example: Lib4wPC2, Lib2wPC12, ...) from the PC that sent your prints. Please remember that code before going to the MakeCentral.

Nothing will be printed until you request printing in person at the MakeCentral (which must be done within 2 hours or the print job will be deleted). There may be others ahead of you requesting printing, so please allow plenty of time before the two-hour deadline in case you have to wait.

TIP: It is best to print no more than 10 print jobs before checking with MakeCentral Staff to be sure all prints are arriving successfully.