Print from your own device (Print Release)


University computers


All Windows computers should have print release already installed. If you find it missing for any reason, you can follow the instructions for Windows devices.


You need to install Print Release via the Mac Managed Software Center.

Personally owned Windows computers

You need to be on a University network to install Print Release (e.g. eduroam).

  1. Please paste the following address into your Start Menu search bar:
  2. You should see a page with a lot of printers listed. Find the appropriate printer (see below).
  3. Right-click on the printer > Connect
  4. You should now be able to use this queue for printing.

Choose the appropriate printer(s) from the list below.

Windows 7 or 8 (taught student) Windows 7 or 8 (staff & PGR) Windows 10 (any)
Black and white queue \\\Print_Release_B&W \\\Print_Release_B&W_Staff \\\Print_Release_B&W_Win10
Colour queue \\\Print_Release_Colour \\\Print_Release_Colour_Staff \\\Print_Release_Colour_Win10

Personally owned MacOS computers

Note for taught students: most personal Mac computers are charged at colour rates for print release, whichever queue they use. We are unable to find a solution at the current time and recommend that student Mac users print from University computers to avoid this cost. Print via email is available for occasional use.

A. Find out the printer queue name (path)

The Print Release queue names are as follows. These are used in the URL field when you add a printer (see below).

  • Black & white: smb://
  • Colour: smb://

B. Obtain the correct software (drivers) for your printer

Note: you may have to repeat this step whenever you upgrade to a new version of MacOS.

  • Download the following installer: Canon_PS_Installer.pkg and run the installer to install the required drivers.
  • Choose "Canon iR-ADV C5030/5035 PS.

C. Add the printer to your system

These instructions work for 10.7 (Lion) and newer. IT Services do not support older versions of OS X. See Upgrading for further details.

  1. Ensure your Mac is fully up to date. If you need to update, or are not sure, go back to the Apple Menu and choose Software Update, then install all available updates. Repeat this process until there are no remaining updates to be installed.
  2. Open System Preferences and click on "Print & Scan" (or "Printers & Scanners")
  3. Click the + button to add a new printer
  4. The first time you do this, you need to add the Advanced button to the add printer toolbar: Ctrl-click on the toolbar, select Customize Toolbar... and then drag the Advanced button onto the toolbar.
  5. Add printer screenshot

    • Select Advanced then specify the following printer settings:
    • Type: Windows printer via spoolss
    • Device: Another Device
    • URL: See A above.
    • Name: Print-Release-Colour (or ...B&W as appropriate)
    • Location (optional): the physical location of the printer, e.g. "UoB"
    • Use: Select "Choose a driver..." "Select Software...", and select the correct printer model (as per the Drivers above) and then the correct printer name.
    • Select the Add button to save this printer. If there is an option, select Duplexing to enable 2-sided printing.

D. Login

You will be prompted to authenticate when you first print to a University Printer.

  • Make sure you use your University username and password, which may not be the same as your Mac's computer account username.
  • Prefix your username with UOB\ (e.g. UOB\ab12345)

Note: We recommend that you don't tick the "Remember this password in my keychain" box until you have verified that your username and password work.
If you have entered the incorrect credentials, or change your UoB password, and have previously ticked the "keychain" box, you will need to go to Finder > Utilities > Keychain Access. Click on "Passwords", and find the entry with the name of the printer. Right-click on it, and delete it.

Linux computers (Ubuntu)

  1. Open System Settings (you can access this via the "Toolkit" icon in the Launcher, or via the "Cog" icon in the top right of the screen).
    > Printers > Add
  2. Click the arrow next to Network Printer > LPD/LPR Host or Printer
    LPD/LPR Host or Printer
  3. Location of the LPD network printer:
    • Host - [username] (e.g.
    • Queue: Print_Release_B&W or Print_Release_Colour
    • Click Forward
  4. Choose Driver:
    Note: for Black & White you can choose Generic > Postscript > Generic PostScript Foomatic/PostScript[en](recommended)
    • Select printer from database
    • Makes > Select name of device manufacturer, e.g. Canon
    • Forward
    • Models > Locate and select model of printer, e.g. Image Runner C5235 > Select "recommended driver"
    • Forward
  5. Describe Printer
    • Printer Name: Use queue name of printer e.g. MVB3.19-C2
    • Description: Use model name of printer e.g. Canon ImageRunner Advance C5235
    • Location: Location of printer e.g. MVB 3rd Floor Corridor
    • Apply