The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship

Printing Services

The large format printer in the Freedman Center may be used by any member of the CWRU community, including alumni.  Research posters, artwork, photography, signage, maps, and personal poster projects up to 42” wide (unlimited length) are all acceptable.  You may schedule a printing appointment or you may use the Freedman Center Drop-Off Service.  If you do not have a CWRU, CIA, or CIM ID you will not be permitted to print here.  The only exceptions are visiting student researchers.  

We also sell a variety of poster tubes, and are able to laminate or mount posters onto foam board if desired (see pricing below). 

Your library account must be in good standing to use library services & poster printing. Check early, and clear fines with library staff at the Main Service Desk.

Gloss photo printing (up to 22" wide) and color laserjet printing is available on a walk-in basis. Click here for more information on these services.



Appointments must be scheduled in advance using our online calendar and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis only.  Walk-in and same day appointments will not be accomodated.  We offer 30 minute and 1 hour appointments.  30 minute appointments will have time for an initial draft to be printed or displayed on the Perceptive Pixel (6’ multi-touch display) and reviewed by you and our staff, while 1 hour appointments can generally also accommodate time for corrections to be made and a final poster to be printed.  Appointments accomodate one poster each.  Patrons who bring multiple posters to appointments will be asked to use our drop-off service for all but one.

If you are more than 10 minutes late your appointment it will be cancelled and you will be assessed a $5 fine to your library account.  If you need to cancel your appointment, you must do so more than 12 hours in advance of the appointment to avoid a $5 “no-show” fine.  You may cancel by phone (216-368-3654) or email (

Available appointment times are shown in GREY on the online calendar.  For best selection of available times, schedule appointments at least 2 weeks in advance.

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You can drop off your ready to print file in-person at the Freedman Center and it will be printed within 48 hours.  There is a $5 rush fee for expedited service.  Posters are accepted in PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx), PhotoShop, Illustrator, Publisher, or .pdf formats only.  PowerPoint and PDF files preferred.  Files must be brought in on a USB drive in-person.  We do not accept direct email submissions.  

Note: Avoid using .bmp, .gif, or Prism files on your poster, they may cause printing errors.  Save graphs and images into another file format when possible.


Payment Details & Pricing

Pricing varies by size, paper, and background color.  Dark backgrounds will cost an additional $5-$10 depending on length. Payment must be made when you pick up your poster or at the conclusion of your printing appointment.  We accept cash, check, or Case SpeedType number (department/project account number).  No credit or debit cards.

  • Gloss, Semi-Gloss, or Matte Print Poster Prices:
    • $10 (24" or less length)
    • $20 (25" - 36" length)
    • $25 (37" - 42" length)
    • $35 (43" - 48" length)
    • $45 (49" - 56" length)
    • $60 (57" - 72" length)
    • Over 72" length: $10 each additional foot
  • Plain White Paper Prices:
    • $2  (24" or less length)
    • $4  (25" - 36" length)
    • $5  (37" - 42" length)
    • $6  (43" - 48" length)
    • $8  (49" - 56" length)
    • $10 (57" - 72" length)
    • Over 72" length: $2 each additional foot
  • Dark, solid background, any paper type:
    • $5 additional (48" length or less)
    • $10 additional (over 48" length)
  • Rush Printing Fee:
    • $5
  • Poster Tubes:
    • $5 Cardboard (36" or 42")
    • $25 Transparent Green Plastic 'Ice' tube with carrying strap (36")
    • $30 Transparent Blue Plastic 'Ice' tube with carrying strap (42")
  • Foam Board Mounting:
    • $10 up to 20x30"
    • $15 up to 30x40"
    • $20 up to 40x60"
  • Laminating, up to 36" wide:
    • 50¢ per square foot

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Kelvin Smith Library | 11055 Euclid Avenue | Cleveland, OH 44106-7151 | 216-368-3506