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Student WiFi and Printing

Information for students about accessing the wireless network and printing while visiting the Annandale Campus Library. Direct questions to

Student Printers and Scanners

About NOVACard & ACEPrint

ACEPrint is NOVA's student pay-for-print/copy/scan system. ACEPrint, the NOVACard machine, and card readers are all managed by the NOVACard Office.

The library has 3 printers available for student use:

  • Two inside the library to the left of the instruction classroom near the Mac computer stations. These printers are available during library open hours.
  • One in the library lobby near the entrance. This printer is available during library open hours and after the library is closed.

New information as of Fall 2021: All currently enrolled students are automatically enrolled in ACEPrint. If you're getting your  NOVACard for the first time, there may be a delay in using your card depending on when you receive your card. See below:

  • Get your NOVACard before 9:30 a.m. your card will be associated at 10:01 a.m.
  • Get your NOVACard between 10:01 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. your card will be associated at 2:01 p.m.
  • Get your NOVACard any time after 2:00 p.m. your NOVACard will be associated the following morning.


Printer Locations on Campus

Additional printers are available in the following locations at the Annandale Campus:

  • CA: 1st floor, open area computers near the Financial Aid office
  • CT: 2nd floor, Open Computer Lab (CT 228)

For a full list of student printer locations at other NOVA campuses, visit ACEPrint Locations.


Adding Money to Your NOVACard

In the Library: The NOVACard machine is located in the library lobby. The NOVACard machine accepts cash only (no coins, no credit cards) and does not provide change. To use the NOVACard machine, insert your student ID card into the slot with the magnetic stripe and barcode facing to the left. 

NOVACard Office in CA 103: Students can add money to their card with any form of money (cash, coins, credit) during normal business hours (Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm).

ACEPrint: Students can go to to add money to their NOVACard. Note: Students in a hurry can bypass the login process by adding money using the Guest Deposit link.

GET App: Students can now add money using the GET app. The links to download the app are below.


About Guest Cards

Guest cards cost $1 with no money added.  Students must add money to the card after purchase.  Guest accounts are only valid for 30 days if the account has no money. After the 30 day period, you will need to register and link your guest card again.

Guest card balances cannot be transferred to NOVACards.  However, the NOVACard Office can associate guest cards with existing NOVACards. Students will need to stop by the NOVACard office in order to have this done. 


About Expired NOVACards

You won’t be able to print using a NOVACard if it's expired. NOVACards expire two years after issue. You can upload a document, but you won't be able to retrieve it because the ACEPrint system recognizes that the card is expired. You can replace your card for free at the NOVACard office if you still have the original one. However, if the NOVACard office on campus is closed, you can dial x2-3061 and the ACEPrint office will temporarily update the card so the student can print. The temporary update expires the next day.

If your NOVACard is expired, you have to renew it at the NOVACard office and not over the phone. The NOVACard office can also resolve issues relating to the barcode, older ID cards, worn magnetic strips, and so on.


Fax Machine

CF 232 has a fax machine available for students.


For More Information

For more information about NOVACard and printing, visit

B/W print/ copy 

   $0.12 single-sided

   $0.18 double-sided

Color print/ copy

   $0.30 single-sided

   $0.44 double-sided

Scanning to email


Note: The AcePrint color driver recognizes both black and white pages and color pages. For single-sided pages, the printer will charge twelve cents for the black and white page and 30 cents for the color page. 

Instructions for printing with the ACEPrint system:

To print wirelessly (from a laptop or mobile device)
  1. Go to and sign in with your MyNOVA username and password
  2. Click on Upload and select the document you want to print. Note: Supported formats include MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), PDFs, Images, Text, and Visio. 
  3. In the bottom right corner, you can select: color options, number of copies, and single-sided or double-sided printing, page range, and number of pages per side. 
  4. Once you make your selection, the print job will be available at any ACEPrint station on campus. 


To print from a campus PC
  1. Select the print function from the current program you’d like to print from (This function may vary per program)
  2. Select either:
    • AN ACEPrint BW for black & white printing
    • AN ACEPrint Color for color printing.
  3. You can change additional printing options such as double sided printing, paper orientation, print quality, etc. by looking through the printer property menu.
  4. Next, go to any ACEPrint station and tap your NOVACard or guest card. A screen will appear showing your current account balance. Note: If the card is unregistered, you’ll need to enter your MyNOVA credentials or your guest username and password.
  5. Click on Print Release and select the job(s) you’d like to print.
  6. Click on Print or Print All to release your job. 


To print from email
  1. Send your documents as an attachment to You can send it using any email address on any device.
  2. Go to any printer at the College to retrieve your print job. You will need a NOVACard or a guest card in order to print.

Note: When you print from email for the first time, you will receive an email with a link to register your email address with AcePrint.


More Ways to Print

For additional printing instructions, including printing from the Pharos app and contactless printing, visit the AcePrint webpage.


A Note about Guest Printing

If you're a guest (not affiliated with the college), you first need to purchase a guest card from the vending machine in the library lobby.
After purchasing a guest card, you can go to and click on I am a guest. You’ll then need to provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • Password
  • Captcha

From there,  you can follow the instructions under To print from a campus PC.

General Information

There are four scanners available for student use. These scanners do not require a NOVACard and can be used by students without charge. You'll need to log in to the computer attached to the scanner with your myNOVA username and password to access the scanning function.


Fujitsu SV600 Contactless Scanner

Fujitsu Scansnap S510

  • Document Feeder - Directions are on the public desktops
  • Location: Station 2 (Right side of the instruction room).
  • Scanner Instructions

​Plustek OpticBook 4800       

  • Flatbed – Directions are on the public desktops
  • Location: Station 3 (Right side of the instruction room).
  • Scanner Instructions


Epson Expression 1100XL

  • Flatbed graphics scanner (photos, etc.)
  • Location: Digital Media Studio attached to PC2.
  • Scanner Instructions