KCLS’ Green Initiative: Pay to Print Kiosks and a New Printing Policy

Starting March 1, 2020, each patron will have a weekly allowance of $1.50. This will allow patrons to print 10 black and white prints, or three color prints—or some combination of both—at no charge.

The Green Initiative is part of the King County Library System's (KCLS’) overarching Strategic Framework, which aligns and guides our work. Through this initiative, KCLS is working to implement sound environmental practices, including reducing paper and plastic waste, cutting costs of supplies and improving operational efficiencies.

In 2019, KCLS developed a new printing policy under the Green Initiative. The new policy reduces the amount of free print copies per week, which will help conserve both environmental and financial resources. We have installed Pay to Print kiosks in all of our libraries, and are now ready to put the new printing policy in place.

The kiosks enable patrons to print (with payment) over their free weekly allowance, and a convenient way to pay library fines, with cash, debit card or credit card.