Checking the printer status

The print status page is a resource to check the working status and toner levels of public printers in your unit.  The page will tell you when:

  1. The toner is low
  2. The paper tray is empty
  3. A maintenance, fuser, or image transfer kit is required.  (Printer maintenance)
  4. The printer is turned off

Access a unit's print status

http://www.library.illinois.edu/printstatus will retrieve information about the printers in the unit, based on the workstation you are accessing the URL.  If the workstation is in the Undergrad, it will retrieve Undergrad printer information; if in Grainger, Grainger printers and so forth.

If you try to access http://www.library.illinois.edu/printstatus from a laptop, mobile device, or non-library computer, it will not retrieve information.  Instead, use these links to go directly to a unit's print status page.

Identify a printer

Printers on the status page are displayed with their hostname.  The hostname is an identifying label found on the printer.  It looks like this:

image of a hostname label

You can match the hostname on the status page with the label on the printer to identify which printer is which.

When there is a problem with a printer

An alert sound will play. The alert can be stopped by clicking the PAUSE link. The top of the page will also read "ALERT: There is a problem with a printer or printers".  Scroll down the page to identify the problem.

Toner and maintenance

Library IT can supply public printers when toner is low and provide maintenance.  To limit toner costs, please wait until the toner is nearly empty or if printing quality reduces before replacing the toner.  

Other problems

For all other problems, please contact the Help Desk.

If the print status page says that a printer is offline, even after you've checked and confirmed that it is on:

  1. Refresh the print status page
  2. If the printer still shows it is offline, please contact the Help Desk.  

Check the public printer FAQ page for more information.