Poster Printing

COVID-19 Update

The Libraries are not currently accepting poster printing requests.

Description

The Libraries offer large-format printing for academic purposes using HP plotter printers. The plotter printers can print in color or black and white.

How Do I Submit an Order?

To submit an order, please use our online order form. You will need to include information about the file(s), pick-up location, and payment and contact information.

Will I Get a Confirmation of My Order?

Yes, you will receive a confirmation email when you place the order and another email when it is ready for pick-up.

Who Can Place an Order?

We accept orders from current Binghamton University students, staff and faculty. 

How Large Can the Plotter Print?

Due to the width of the printer, one side of your poster must be less than 42 inches. For example, we can print 48 x 36 inches, but not 48 x 44 inches. We can accommodate standard posters, maps, and banners sizes. We will contact you if there are any issues with your order size.

What Formats Will Print?

We accept PDF, JPG, or TIFF. Please convert your files to one of these formats before submitting your order. Documents will be printed as submitted (we will not alter or convert files). For best print results, the file should be 300dpi. When converting from PowerPoint to .PDF, select 'Standard (publishing online and printing)' in the Save As box. 

How Much Does It Cost?

The fee for printing is $3 per square foot. For example, a 22 x 30 inch map will cost $13.75. The cost will be provided to you on the online form. 

How Can I Pay for My Order?

Payment can be made using your personal credit card, BUC$ account, a University Department billing code or a University Departmental P-Card. Please indicate on the online form your method of payment. Departmental billing codes must be verified by the university department chair or secretary before printing takes place (please note: it may take longer to process your order). Credit cards and P-Cards are accepted at the Bartle Reader Services Desk. Science Library accepts BUC$ only. We cannot accept cash, checks or payment from grant funding. 

Is This Part of My BU Print Quota?

No. The large-format printing is not part of your print quota.

Where Can I Pick Up the Print?

You can pick up your order at Bartle or Science Library during regular business hours - Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the general semester hours. During intersessions, please check Library Hours to determine when the library is open. 

How Long Does It Take?

Due to demand, submit your print requests at least two business days before the document is needed. You will receive an email when the order is ready to pick up. Don’t leave printing to the last minute!

Can I Print Anything I Want?

No. The printer is for academic use only. The Binghamton University Copyright and Fair Use Policy apply to the use of the plotter. Please see the Copyright Resources page for more information. The Libraries reserve the right to refuse any projects we deem questionable.

Who Do I Contact if I Have Any Questions?

If you have any questions, contact pod@binghamton.edu.

Tips for Printing

Best Quality Images: Your final file image should be 300dpi for the desired print dimensions. This will keep your image from looking pixelated (i.e., blurred). Any graphics/photos within your file image should also be 300dpi. DPI means “dots per inch” and indicates the number of computer pixels in one inch. Do not use DPI higher than 300 as this will not increase quality and will increase the time it takes to print the file.

PowerPoint Files: We only accept PDF, TIFF and JPG files. If you are using PowerPoint to create your file, we recommend you save it a PDF. When you save your PowerPoint file, choose PDF and select the Standard (publishing online and printing) option; this will create a 300dpi image.

Fonts: All fonts that come with your operating system will embed in your images. If you are using a special font downloaded from the internet, you need to ensure that it will embed in your file. If you are not sure if your font has embedded, open the file on a computer that does not have the special font installed. If the image viewer has replaced the font with something else, this means the special font was not embedded in your file and the Libraries’ large format printers will not be able to print the special font.