Thesis and Dissertation

Your thesis is the culmination of your higher education journey.

Now, let the Multimedia & Print Center help you re-create and preserve your important work with professional copying and binding services. We'll take great care in reproducing your thesis according to standards set by the Graduate School and the Library Binding Institute.

Thesis options are described below, and samples are featured at our HUB and Hostetter Building CopyCentral locations. Please note that pricing below is subject to change; exact charges will be calculated at time of order.

Contact Us at 814-865-7544 to learn more.

Hardcover Binding

Penn State Binding: $34.00

  • Penn State mark stamped on the front cover in white or gold
  • Buckram cover in navy blue or black
  • White or gold lettering on the spine a
  • Up to seven lines on cover; additional lines at $1.05 per line
  • Double-fan adhesive binding up to 2" thick
  • Off-white acid-free endpapers

Standard Binding: $25.00

  • No Penn State mark stamped on the front cover
  • Buckram cover in black
  • Gold lettering on the spine and front cover
  • Up to seven lines on cover; additional lines at $1.05 per line
  • Double-fan adhesive binding up to 2" thick
  • Off-white acid-free endpapers

Other Binding

Coil Binding: $2.50

  • 1/4" up to 1"
  • 1 1/8" up to 2" at $4.00

Custom Thermal Binding:

  • Up to 125 sheets: $2.00
  • 126 to 250 sheets: $2.50
  • 251 to 325 sheets: $3.00

These prices are for thermal binding strip. Covers are extra.

Custom Foil Cover Printing White, Silver and Gold:

(8.5 x 11, 1 sided)

  • 0-5 copies: $2.00
  • 6 + copies: $1.75

Custom Vinyl/Clear Covers:

  • Black, Navy, Clear: $1.00

Thesis Copying

Black and White
9.5¢ per page, 25% cotton content bond paper
7¢ per page, 20# copier bond paper

Color Print
60¢ per page, 24# white laser paper

For optimal copy quality, cutting and pasting should be kept to a minimum. All double-sided, fold-out, and color pages should be flagged.

Supplied copies are the responsibility of the customer and will be bound as submitted.

Customers must provide two blank sheets of paper for use as front and back end-sheets for each thesis.

If you submit your thesis electronically please provide as a PDF. If you choose not to review a proof of your thesis, you accept full responsibility for any issues associated with the artwork or other content the file contains.

Please be aware that we cannot be held responsible for any variations between the electronic file you send us and the final printed version of your thesis.


Pockets can be created for special enclosures for materials less than 1/8" thick at an additional $10.00 per book.

Other Services

We offer binding of periodicals for Penn State related materials.  Please call for available options.


In order to ensure timely delivery of your books, payment must be made in full at the time the order is placed. We accept personal checks, Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards. The Penn State id+ Card is accepted only at the CopyCentral HUB location.

A $25 fee will be charged for any check returned for insufficient funds.

Please note that all personal sales are subject to 6% PA sales tax.

Timelines and Shipping

If you need copies made of your original document:
– submit your originals to us by noon Tuesday
– your order will be available for pickup on Monday six weeks later at the CopyCentral location where the order was placed.

If you are supplying all of the copies you need:
– submit your copies to us by 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday
– you will be contacted when your order is available for pickup. (approximately six weeks from the time payment is received) 
-The finished copies will be available for pick-up at the CopyCentral location where the order was placed.

Please note that non-thesis bindings require six weeks or longer for processing.

We also offer shipping of your bound volumes by Courier to on campus locations, FedEx Ground and Express, or USPS express mail. Shipping charges will be calculated according to weight, region, and class. Charges must be paid at the time the order is placed. Please Note: FedEx does not deliver to P.O. boxes.

Placing Your Order

Email a PDF to [email protected] or contact either of our CopyCentral locations to learn more.

HUB CopyCentral Student Center

039 HUB-Robeson Center
Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Hostetter Business Services Location

101 Hostetter Business Services Building
Services Road (15 minute curb side parking available)
(Behind Lewis Katz Building)
Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Note: Hours subject to change. No walk-ins taken after 4:00 p.m. at either the HUB or Hostetter.

Thesis Dissertation Order Form