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Poster Printing

The Large Format Printer at the AU Library is reserved for academic use by current AU faculty, staff and students. Printing is not self-service and requires staff assistance. Each print can take about 20 minutes and lines form during midterms and finals. Please plan ahead to use this service.

Walk-in print jobs may be accommodated based on staff availability and printer demand, typically Monday through Friday 10am - 7pm.

Printing appointments are highly encouraged, particularly during periods of heavy usage. Appointment requests can be made by emailing techservices@american.edu. You can also submit printing requests by emailing us your PDF file and desired dimensions at techservices@american.edu. Your library account will automatically be billed if you choose this method, and we ask for a 48 hour turn around time for any emailed print request.

To print, you will need to bring a valid student ID and a completed PDF file of your work. We highly recommend you consult some of the poster printing guidelines before designing your poster. Colin Purrington's "Designing Conference Posters" site has many tips and best-practices to follow, and also offers free downloads of poster templates for Microsoft PowerPoint.

Please remember to set your correct size (in the Page Design tab) before filling your poster with content! Your finished file should be exported to PDF format regardless of the design program you used to create the poster.

Pricing

All of our paper is HP Glossy Photo Paper, and the prices are charged by the length of the final poster. The price per linear foot varies by the width of the paper roll. Current prices are:

  • 24 inch wide roll - $4.50 per foot
  • 36 inch wide roll - $4.75 per foot
  • 42 inch wide roll - $5.00 per foot

For help with designing academic posters, please consult the our selected resources. For information about design software offerings and help, consult the Mac Lab on the Library Lower Level.

Additional questions related to the printer or the poster printing services can be directed to the Technology Services Coordinator, Joey Fones, Fones@american.edu.

Faculty wishing to schedule informational in-class academic poster sessions, may do so online at https://american.mywconline.net/. After logging in, select Faculty/Staff Tech Reservations from the drop-down bar at the top of the page and choose a Poster Printing Session time slot.

Contact Us

(202) 885-3229
techservices@american.edu
Bender Library, Lower Level