Payment for copies and printouts at the photocopiers is processed through the Mensa card ("Legic-Karte") issued by the Studentenwerk (Student Services Office).
Issue and cost of the Mensa card
You can obtain your Mensa card at the service offices/infopoints in the Mensen (refectories) and StuCafés run by the Studentenwerk. It costs 12 Euro (7 Euros deposit and 5 Euros credit).
In the computer pool CIP-Pool 1 in the Main Library you will find a vending machine at which you can buy Mensa cards (visitor's cards only). The machine takes coins and notes but not bank cards.
Students of the LMU can obtain a Mensa card at a discount in the Mensen (refectories) and cafeterias. To obtain this so-called "Studentenkarte" (student card) you will need to produce your enrolment certificate and official personal ID.
Staff of the LMU can obtain a Mensa card at a discount in the Mensen (refectories) and cafeterias. To obtain this so-called "Bedienstetenkarte" (staff card) you will need to produce your employment contract or employee service card together with official personal ID.
Students of the TU Munich and the University of Applied Sciences Munich
Students of the TU Munich and the University of Applied Sciences Munich can use their "Student Card" at the LMU photocopying machines.
Other users (non-members of the LMU)
Non-members of the LMU can also obtain a Mensa card (a so-called "Gästekarte" or visitor's card) which they can use to make copies. In addition the University Library's book scanners are available to all users free of charge.
Topping up the Mensa card
Charging stations are located in all the Mensen (refectories) and StuCafés run by the Studentenwerk München (Munich Student Services Office) at the LMU and TU in Munich. You can find your nearest charging point by checking the list of charging stations for the Mensa card.
You can top up your credit using cash or your bank card. The cash pay-stations accept 5, 10, 20 and 50 Euro notes but no coins. Only the vending machine in the computer pool CIP-Pool 1, at which you can also purchase Mensa cards, takes coins, but it does not accept bank cards.
The University Library is currently endeavouring to obtain more charging stations for individual library locations.
List of charging stations for the Mensa card (101 KB) (in German)
Returning your Mensa card
If you no longer require your Mensa card you can return in at one of the Studentenwerk's service offices/infopoints. Any remaining credit will be refunded in cash and your deposit returned, provided the card is not damaged.
Cards bought at card dispensers can be returned at the vending machine in the computer pool CIP-Pool 1. The deposit and remaining credit will be refunded in coins.
Who to contact if you have problems with your Mensa card
If you are having problems with your Mensa card or need to exchange a faulty card, please contact one of the service offices/infopoints, StuCafés, Espresso-Bars or StuBistros run by the Studentenwerk (Student Services Office).
In order to help identify your card, please note the number printed on it. Using this number you can have the card blocked by the Studentenwerk and apply for a refund of the remaining credit.
Information on the Mensa card ("Legic-Karte") (in German)