Clare College Cambridge

DS Facilities - Workstations, Print and Filestore

Information on all DS Facilities can be found here: 


Managed Cluster Workstations and printers


The Managed Cluster Service (MCS) is for the use of all staff and students of Cambridge University, and provides networked PCs (Windows/Linux) and Macs running a wide range of software, together with printers and scanners. The MCS machines provide access to the Desktop Services central filestore (DS-Filestore), and to central printing facilities (DS-Print); both of these can also be accessed from users' own machines elsewhere on the network. There is also a remote login service to Linux, giving access to your DS files and to appropriate Linux applications.  

The following MCS facilities are available in Clare. Most PCs can boot to Linux except for those in the Turpin Law Reading Room (J Staircase) and the email only terminal in the LCR. 


Memorial Court

Upstairs FML computer room

5 x PCs

2 x Macs 

1 x scanner

1 x A4 colour laser printer

Downstairs FML computer room 5 x PCs

1 x scanner

1 x A3/A4 mono laser printer

Library Common Room 1 x email-only PC  

In addition to these facilities, there is a quiet study room through the Neild Room with individual study carrels which have network sockets to allow you to connect your own laptop to the Internet.

Turpin Law Reading Room 2 x PCs 1 x A4 colour laser printer
K Staircase ground floor 3 x PCs, 1 x Mac 1 x A4 laser printer
K Staircase first floor 3 x PCs, 1 x Mac 1 x A4 laser printer
X Staircase (X2) ground floor 6 x PCs

1 x scanner

1 x A4 colour laser printer

Old Court

Hepple Room (D staircase)  

1 x PC, 1 x Mac 1 x A4 laser printer    


Castle House (basement)  



Castle End (dining hall)   

7 x PCs 

3 x Macs  



1 x A4 colour laser printer

1 x A4 mono laser printer    

2 x scanners

1 x A4 mono laser printer


Common Balance pre-payment

Clare's DS-Print (Desktop Services) printers are part of the Common Balance scheme run by the University. This is a pre-payment scheme for printing charges. You can use your printing credit to pay for printing not just in Clare, but also in University Departments and MCS facilities that have adopted the common balance scheme.

Before you can print, you must prepay a minimum of £1 by cash or credit/debit card into your printing account.

All ways to pay are explained here.

Please be aware of the following Common Balance caveats:

  • No credit = No printing
  • Plan ahead - the eCredit facility takes up to 10 minutes to process and update your printing balance once you have sent your request - watch for the confirmation email
  • Any credit remaining at the end of your stay can be refunded by contacting  

More information about online payments can be found here:


Clare charges are 4p per A4 side for mono and 14p per A4 side for colour. You may find that other Colleges and Departments charge differently. All of Clare's DS printers are stocked with recylcled paper and default to double sided (duplex) printing.  List of Clare's printers with respective charges.

Changing to Colour - Decoding the Printer Names

If you wish to print in colour, you need to choose the colour printer queue from the printer list. See below for an example of the typical printer naming convention:





= Clare Forbes Mellon Library Upstairs Laser Printer

= Clare Forbes Mellon Library Upstairs Colour Laser Printer

Changing the printer options

As the printers are set to print double sided and use recycled paper as default, you need to change these options when you want to print single sided or from the non-recycled tray. To change the paper tray or duplex setting to single-sided, you must change the properties of the printer on your computer. This is done by selecting File/Print and changing the properties manually.


Print from your room: DS-Print


This service provides registered users of the Desktop Services at the University of Cambridge the ability to print to DS printers from their own computer. Information on how to set this up can be found here. There is currently support for Windows and Mac Operating Systems.

DS-Print for Linux has not been implemented, however those wanting to use this service should register their interest with UIS, email:


Free Online File Storage: DS-Filestore


Your Desktop Services filespace can be used to store files which you create on your own computer system or at a DS Workstation, or which you transfer using any standard method of file transfer. You can see your filespace from any network-connected machine. Your filespace is allocated to you when you become a Desktop Services user, and cannot, by default, be read or written to by anybody else.

Among other things, your DS filespace can conveniently be used to store backup copies of your files, on a system which is itself centrally backed-up and therefore secure. You can also use it to store and publish personal web pages.

You can access your filestore in a number of ways: 

  • CIFS The easiest process is to mount your personal filespace directly on your desktop, so that it just looks like another device like a CD drive or USB flash memory. This is straightforward if your machine is inside the cam domain (but not using Eduroam)
  • DS-Files:If you are inside or outside the cam domain you can use a Web interface via DS-Files - This provides slightly more restricted facilities, depending on the capabilities and configuration of your web browser.  There is also a mobile app called 'DS-Files' available from the App Store and Google Play 
  • File transfer:You can always operate by transferring files using normal file transfer utilities. To do this, connect (using any file transfer program that supports SFTP) to using your standard Desktop Services username and password.
  • Remote login:From any system you can login remotely (using ssh or slogin) to MCS Linux (login to and manage your files directly using Unix commands. 
You can remotely check your quota at
Information on all DS Facilities can be found here: