Thesis and Dissertation Binding - Information for Graduate Students

Masters and Doctoral students who wish to have personal copies of their theses/dissertations bound may deliver copies of the thesis to the Preservation Department via campus mail, via U.S. mail or in person during business hours. Our address is:

Thesis Binding
Rockefeller Library--Preservation Department
10 Prospect St. Box A
Providence, RI 02912

All theses and dissertations must be accompanied by a Binding Request Form:

  • Binding Request Form (Word, PDF)
  • Sample Binding Request Form (PDF)

Academic departments paying for the binding of theses, dissertations, or other materials should consult Academic Department Binding information.

Binding Style
Theses and dissertations are bound in black library cloth with gold lettering. The spine of the binding includes the title of the thesis/dissertation, the student's last name and year of completion. Special characters, such as Greek letters or mathematical symbols, may not be available for spine printing.

sample thesis binding

The charge for thesis binding is $20 per copy. Payment via credit card (Mastercard, Visa, American Express or Discover Card), Declining Balance Account or personal check is due at the time the bound items are picked up at the Circulation Desk in the Rockefeller Library. Additional charges may apply to unusually large publications, or those with accompanying media.

Processing Time
We ship materials to our commercial binding vendor every other Tuesday. The deadline to get your thesis into the shipment is by 10 a.m. the Monday before it goes out. Theses and dissertations received after 10 a.m. on Monday may not go out until the following shipment. Please call 863-2593 with any questions regarding shipment times.

Bound items are due back two weeks after the shipment date (the day the items are sent to the vendor, not the day they are received at the library). We will notify you via email or local phone call when the bound items are ready for pick-up at the Rockefeller Library Circulation desk.

Special Needs
If you have binding style or processing time requirements that are unmet by the services outlined above, please contact Acme Bookbinding or another commercial binder directly to discuss your project.