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Guide to CaltechTHESIS

Theses must be submitted in electronic form as part of the graduation requirements for Caltech. This guide serves as a tool for this process.


Barnes and Noble Self Printing Service (commercial bookseller - online)

Thesis on Demand (commercial binding service - online)

  • - based in North Manchester, Indiana.
  • Customize the look of your bound thesis by choosing from among the options they offer.  This includes color choice for buckram cloth and type of cover (both buckram cloth and leather), spine and front cover printing, pockets, etc.
  • You will need to send them a PDF copy of your thesis,  and they will mail you the bound copy.
  • They have a quick calculator to help you check the cost depending on your choices. Prices will of course vary - for example, a buckram-bound thesis with only spine lettering, 10 color pages and 240 black and white pages, and no pockets, cost ~$62 plus shipping and tax in December 2023.

FedEx Office Print & Ship Center (located on Colorado Blvd between Oak Knoll and Lake)


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.


  • The Library provides printing services to students with theses.
  • Each student receives a $25/quarter printing allotment. Per page printing is $.10/ page for BW, and $.$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.
  • Email the Library for more information

FedEx Office Print & Ship Center (on Colorado Blvd between Oak Knoll and Lake)

Office Depot (on Colorado Blvd between Wilson and Mar Vista)

Ordering New or Extra Copies from Proquest UMI (<Oct. 2016)

Please note that this does NOT apply to any theses deposited in CaltechTHESIS since October 2016.

If your thesis was sent to UMI, you will be able to place orders for new or extra hard copies. 

  • To order a copy of your own dissertation, please send an email directly to:
  • Alternatively you may print and fill out this Order Form, then mail it to UMI at the following address:

UMI Dissertation Publishing
789 E. Eisenhower Parkway
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346

Online Thesis Binding Services