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Large Format Printing

Poster Printing Service

The Large Format Printer at the AU Library is reserved for academic use by current AU faculty, staff and students. The printer is available when the Tech Services Desk is open. Printing is not self-service and requires staff assistance.

Appointments can be made by email - At times, we may be able to accommodate walk-in requests based on staff availability and printer demand. Each print can take about 20 minutes, and lines form during midterms and finals. Please plan ahead.

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 below before designing your poster. Your finished file should be exported to pdf format regardless of the design program you used to create the poster.


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 resources below. For information about design software offerings and help, consult the New Media Center 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,

Faculty wishing to schedule informational in-class academic poster sessions, may do so online at 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. 

Academic Poster Design Resources

American University Academic Poster Guidance
This is the document created by the SIS Department to aid in the planning and design of an academic poster.

Do's and Don'ts of Poster Presentation
This is an older resource, but the ideas and design principles are still very relevant and form the basis of what many of the other sites will tell you.

Colin Purrington's Designing Conference Posters
Colin Purrington is a graphics artist and has written a process on scientific poster design for maximum impact. The website contains lots of great advice, helpful illustrations, and even some downloadable poster templates.

Scientific Poster Design (Cornell University)
This resource helps you to keep your academic poster "from looking like an abstract painting."

Creating Effective Poster Presentations (NC State)
A very thorough resource, this site can help you plan, design, and hone the message of your research poster.

Need more information or help? A simple Google search for academic poster guidelines will provide many other helpful sites and tools.


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