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Poster printing at the Biomedical Library: Turnaround

How quickly will you get your poster?

Our guaranteed turnaround time is 1 business day.

Posters are often ready much faster. In fact, your poster may be ready during your appointment, but we cannot guarantee that. There are many factors that can affect turnaround time: our work is dependent upon machinery that is subject to technical failure; we are staffed by student workers whose schedules are subject to change; the volume of printing requests we receive during conference season is extraordinarily high.

Making an appointment too close to the need-by time leaves us no time for a "plan B" in case of technical failure. This is why we typically advise patrons to leave 24 business hours for turnaround time. If you choose not to follow this recommendation, please understand and take responsibility for the risk.

Bottom line: your poster may be ready during your appointment, but we cannot guarantee that.  We reserve the right to ask you to come back at a later time to pick up your poster.  For guaranteed expedited service, check the information below.

Rush service: + $25.00

Guaranteed expedited printing 2 business hours maximum.  

Please note that we reserve the right to deny rush service if our printing queue is long or we are experiencing equipment failures. 

Rush service is also contingent on our business hours which are sometimes irregular.  

Why should you pay for rush service fee when you can sometimes get your poster right away for no extra charge? We process requests in the order they were received.  When business is slow, we are able to provide instant service without compromising our service to other patrons.  However, when there is a long queue due to high volume of requests or printer failures, giving priority to your request means delaying someone else's.  So in essence, you are paying for priority service.  

Cost and turnaround time comparison






$0.03 per square inch 24 business hours
Fabric $0.06 per square inch 24 business hours
Poster with layout service
(material of your choice)
$0.10 per square inch 5 business days



  • Cardboard tubes: $5
  • Reusable telescopic tube with a strap: $30
  • Rush service (2 business hours): $25
  • Tax for personal posters (not for academic, research, or clinical purposes): 8%

Here are some sample costs based on common size posters.  

Dimensions Size in Square Inches Paper (no tax) Paper + tax Fabric (no tax) Fabric + tax
18 x 24 in 432 sq in $12.96 $14.00 $25.92 $28.00
36 x 48 in 1728 sq in $51.84 $55.99 $103.68 $111.98
42 x 72 in 3024 sq in $90.72 $97.98 $181.44 $195.96


Our hours vary due to the fact that we are staffed by student workers.  Please use the online scheduler or email us at