Card Features

The Pratt ID card, also called the PrattCard, is your "key" to the campus, providing you with convenient access to a variety of features and services. It is a truly all-inclusive, multifunction card. Use it as your personal meal card, building access card, library card, and print and copy card too.

Photo Identification
The PrattCard is the official identification card of Pratt Institute and should be carried with you at all times. It is issued to all members of the Institute and is required for identification and access to essential campus services. Students, faculty, and staff are issued a PrattCard upon arrival and are responsible for keeping their card for the duration of their time at the Institute.

Door Access
The PrattCard is a keycard to campus. At various locations throughout campus, card readers have been installed to allow an individual's access to areas while leaving these locations secure. As you attempt to enter an area with access control, swipe your PrattCard at the card reader to gain entry. Access priviledges are based on class registration, major, workplace, job duties, or residence. All campus housing is secured with card access control. Any changes to your access privileges are automatically updated to your PrattCard and access will be discontinued when an individual leaves the Institute.

Temporary access requests for contractors, vendors, scholrly guests, resident assistants, or interns will require authorization and are submitted from the Dean, Director or Department Head.

Print and Copy Services
Students, faculty and staff may use their PrattCard to pay for copy-print jobs at the print labs and copy stations throughout campus by adding funds to your card in an account called PrattBucks.

At the beginning of each semester, students are given an allotment of free prints which may only be used in the print labs or copy stations using the PrattCard. After these free prints are depleted, students must use PrattBucks to make additional purchases. Meal plan funds cannot be used to pay for printing or copying services.

For more information about printing instructions, printing errors, printing prices, hours of operation, list of printers, and printing policies; see the Student Printing Guide PDF document online at For more information regarding the Pratt Copy Center, visit the Pratt Copy Center webpage.

Library Privileges
Students, faculty and staff may use their PrattCard to check out books and materials at the libraries on campus. The mission of the Pratt Institute Libraries is to provide outstanding service and access to a resource-rich environment that facilitates critical thinking, creative teaching and learning in the Pratt community. The Brooklyn Campus Library houses more than 200,000 volumes of print materials, including 600+ periodicals, rare books, and the college archives. The Pratt Manhattan Center library collection consists of monographs, serials, multimedia and a picture collection of approximately 30,000 images.

Monetary Accounts
The PrattCard is a payment card that supports multiple monetary accounts. Funds are added to different accounts depending on where you want to use your card to make purchases. Please choose carefully as deposits cannot be transferred or refunded after they are made. For more information about the different monetary accounts affiliated with your PrattCard, click on the Account Descriptions link.