Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ball State University Libraries Offer Poster Printing, Laminating Services

Making It Big:  Poster Printing Available from Ball State University Libraries

Students are preparing for the final week of the spring semester at Ball State University, and some final projects are created in the form of a large poster.  The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) has two large-format color plotters for printing posters and banners.

Students and staff can create their posters using PowerPoint, Publisher, or Photoshop, and design students using specialized software can print off final presentation boards using the plotters in the GRMC.  Users are charged through their University Bursar account and must present a valid BSU identification card before printing.

The plotters have coated paper in rolls of 24 inches-, 36 inches-, and 42 inches-wide.  Creating a poster with one side measuring one of these dimensions allows the print to be made without have to cut off any excess borders. 

Plotter prices for documents smaller than 24 inches are $8; 25 inches to 36 inches would be $12; 37 inches up to 72 inches costs $16; and documents from 73 inches to 108 inches are $20.  Posters must be larger than 11 inches by 17 inches.  Charges are based on the longest dimension of the poster.

A large laminator is also available for documents larger than 11 inches by 17 inches and no wider than 40 inches.  Laminating charges are also directed to the Bursar’s account and cost $3.00 per linear foot.  Items should be dropped off and laminated the next day.

Printing hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  For more information, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097.  

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