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Caltech Theses: Printing & Binding

Ph.D. theses must be submitted in electronic form as part of the graduation requirements for Caltech. This guide serves as a stepping-off point for this process.


We recommend acid-free paper with a high linen content for long-term preservation of your paper copy. This is available at various office-supply stores.


  • The Library provides printing services to students with theses.
  • The cost is $.10/page for b&w, $.20/page for color.
  • Call Docuserve at x6437 for more information.


Caltech Graphic Resources:

  • This service is available to all members of the Caltech community.
  • Prices vary acording to number of pages, color or black-white, etc.
  • Call x3042 for a quote.


Other Services

  • Library printers: each student receives a $25/quarter printing allotment. Per page printing is $.10/ page for BW, and $.$20 per page for color. Note that you cannot change the paper in the printers, however, and the paper is not the archival quality we recommend for theses.
  • Commercial services: Kinko's, Office Max, etc. Please contact them directly for price quotes.



The Library offers library-quality binding and print-to-bind in-house through its Publish on Demand Services (PODS).

  • Turnaround time is 2 business days. 3-hour rush service is available at additional cost.
  • You may provide the library with either printed copy(ies) or an electronic PDF copy of your thesis. If you choose the latter, there will be an additional charge for printing the thesis.
  • For volumes that exceed 2" in width, two volumes of thesis will be produced with each volume incurring a separate charge. 2" is roughly equivalent to 300 sheets of paper. You may wish to consider printing double-sided to save on paper and binding costs.
  • Bound volumes are available for pickup in the library. UPS delivery is available at cost.
  • Pricing:
    • $15/hardcover volume (8½" x 11" size) with text on spine and up to 6 lines of text on cover
    • $5/paperback volume (size options available) with text on spine and cover included
    • Rush fee (3 hour pick up) is an additional $5 per volume (soft or hardcover)
  • For style options, please stop by the Docuserve office (Millikan 1st floor), call x6437, or email pods AT
    • Current cover choices may be black, dark blue and red. Foil printing is available for covers.


Caltech Graphic Resources:

  • Five types of book binding offered: Hard, GBC(comb), velo, fastbind, double-loop wire.
  • Check their website or call for current prices (x6701).
  • Quick turn-around (2-3 days); pick-up on campus.


Kater-Crafts Bookbinders (commercial binder, located nearby in Pico Rivera, off the 605)

  • Hard cover thesis binding offered: sewn pages, many binding color choices, printing on spine and front cover available
  • Normal delivery time is 4 weeks; 1 and 2 week rush is available with extra fee
  • Pay by credit card. Can be picked up or shipped via UPS
  • See website for pricing and options:


Proquest/UMI Dissertation Publishing:

Proquest/UMI uses thesis PDF that has been sent to them to print and bind copies.  Please note that the library ceased sending new theses to UMI in October 2016.

  • Prices vary from $56 for one hardcover copy (8.5"x11") to $34 for one softcover copy (6"x9").
  • Discounts offered for multiple copies.
  • Copies mailed to one address of your choice.
  • Copies shipped approximately 8 to 12 weeks after they receive your thesis for publication.
  • See box below for more ordering details.

Ordering New or Extra Copies from Proquest UMI

If your thesis was been sent to UMI, you will be able to place orders for new or extra hard copies. Please note that this does NOT apply to any theses deposited in CaltechTHESIS since October 2016.

  • To order a copy of your own dissertation, please send an email directly to:
  • Alternatively you may print and fill out this Order Form, then mail it to UMI at the following address:

UMI Dissertation Publishing
789 E. Eisenhower Parkway
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346