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Publish on Demand Service : Thesis Printing & Binding

The Publish on Demand Service from the Caltech Library offers the Caltech community the opportunity to have their theses bound, publish their own work, or produce materials for Caltech departments.

Thesis Printing


  • The Library provides printing services to students with theses.
  • The cost is $0.10/page for black and white pages and $0.20 for color pages (single sided)
  • Call x6437 for more information.

Caltech Graphic Resources

  • This service is available to all members of the Caltech community.
  • Call x3042 for a quote.

Other Services

  • Library printers: each student receives a $25 per academic quarter printing allotment. Per page printing is $0.10/ page for B&W, and $0.20 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.

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.

Thesis Binding

Thesis Binding through PODS

  • Library-quality binding.
  • Turnaround time is 3 business days. Rush service (less than 3 business days) is available for an additional fee.
  • Pay Library directly.
  • Bound volume available for pick up at Library. 
  • UPS delivery is available at cost.
  • For volumes that exceed 1.5 inches in width (330 single-sided/660 double-sided pages), two volumes of thesis will be produced with each volume a separate charge.
  • You can supply the Library with the PDF of your thesis and the Library can print the thesis (for an additional charge) and bind it.


  • $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); text on spine and cover are included in price

For style options, please stop by the DocuServe Office, call x6437, or email pods AT