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Thesis Printing & Reproduction

Do you have a thesis you want bound? Maybe you've graduated, and are after a permanent keepsake of your work, or you want to give someone a hard copy of their thesis as a gift - you have come to the right place! We will bind any thesis from any school. We often get requests from overseas and our oldest thesis was from the 1940s! We are experts in this field and will do what we can to accommodate you.

Let's Begin!

The U of T Bookstore is happy to help you create bound copies of your thesis. We can both print and bind your thesis, or bind copies of your thesis printed elsewhere.

To get an estimate of cost for this service, complete the form in the Submit Request tab. An estimate will appear at the bottom of the form based on the information you provide. If you don’t need the printing service, put in 0 for number of pages.

Once you submit the request form, and provide a print-ready PDF file of your thesis (if you want us to print it), we will confirm the pricing with you before order fulfillment.

Thesis Printing Guide
  1. Prepare a print-ready PDF file.
  2. Submit the form in the Submit Request tab. (See the Thesis Binding tab for information about that part of the form.)
  3. Send us your print-ready PDF file.
  4. Bookstore confirms pricing, and prints thesis
  5. You review the printed copies and confirm the printed thesis is ready to be bound.

Printing Specifications

For formatting and layout specification, contact your department of graduate studies. We do not keep these specifications on hand and file preparation is the author's responsibility.

Please check that your file is print ready. This includes checking the format required by your department, as well as whether pages will print in greyscale (using black printer ink) on pages where you do not want colour printing. We will check the number of colour pages prior to printing and confirm this number as part of our confirmation of pricing.

Sending your PDF

For us to print your thesis, we will need a PDF of your document. After you submit the form you can either wait for a reply from the Bookstore, or send us the PDF immediately. The pdf can be sent to us either by email (books@uoftbookstore.com), or by using a cloud based drop site (such as DropBox). Alternately, you can bring us the file on a USB key (when the Bookstore is open for business).

Reproduction Costs

We print on a 24-lb. stock, acid free, recycled content. 20-lb stock is also available at a slightly reduced cost, but is not recommended for double-sided printing. A4 24-lb paper is also available.

Paper typeB&W, single-sidedB&W, double-sidedColour
24-lb (recommended)$0.08$0.075$0.60
20-lb$0.07Not recommended$0.59
A4 24-lb$0.12$0.115$0.64

There is 5% tax on all these costs.

Reviewing Print Copies

Once we have printed your material, we will contact you to review the print copies prior to shipping them to the bindery.

If you elect to not review the print copies, we will need written authorization to release these to be bound. We cannot be accountable for printing issues of copies not reviewed.

Thesis Binding

To place an order:

The U of T Bookstore is happy to help you acquire bound copies of your thesis. We can both print and bind your thesis, or bind copies of your thesis printed elsewhere.

To get an estimate of cost for this service, complete the form in the Submit Request tab. An estimate will appear at the bottom of the form based on the information you provide. Information about Binding Styles can be found below.

Thesis Binding Timing (after Printing complete)

Standard Timescale: 7 – 10 business days

Once we have your printed thesis, we send your thesis to our offsite bindery, and it will be back ready for you in 7 to 10 business days.

Rush Service: 4 business days NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO COVID-19

We also offer a rush service for the thesis to be ready in 4 business days. (Bindery processes mean that this time cannot be shortened further). For this there will be a charge of an additional 50% of the total. If you'd like this option, please let us know when contacting us. Please note: rush service is ONLY available for hardcover books.

Thesis Binding Guide
  1. Submit the form in the Submit Request tab. For style information, see below
  2. Provide a printed copy of your thesis (We can print it! The Thesis Printing tab has details.)
  3. Bookstore confirms pricing; you pay for the services chosen.
  4. Bookstore sends the copies of the thesis out to the bindery
  5. You get a call and pick up your bound theses after 7-10 business days.

Styles of binding

  1. Hardcover Binding (sometimes called casebound books)
    1. Standard – the most common choice
    2. Jones- required for some engineering programs; has more information on the cover than Standard
    3. A4 – non-standard size
  2. Extras available for Hardcover Bindings
  3. Softcover Binding (less expensive options)
    1. Limp
    2. Coil
    3. Cerlox

Hardcover Binding

All our hardcover books are hand sewn and made of Buckram, a stiff cloth made of cotton (and occasionally linen depending on the colour) which has been used to cover and protect books for hundreds of years.

Cover Colours available:

The STANDARD and JONES style differ only by the amount of information printed on the cover and spine of the book

The A4 style uses the standard style of cover, but is for the A4 paper size, which is commonly used in Europe.

Cost Chart

Style1 copy2 Copies3 Copies4 copiesEach additional
Standard$52.00$98.00$144.00$186.00$42.00
Jones$74.00$143.00$212.00$276.00$64.00
A4$55.00$105.00$155.00$203.00$48.00

Please contact us for large quantities as we may be able to work out a special price for you.

For all hardcover binding styles, reinforcement is necessary if the thesis is thicker than 1.5 inches (about 330 pages). The surcharge for reinforcement is as follows:

ThicknessCharge PER COPY
1.5-2 inches (330-440 pages)$5
Over 2 inches (more than 440 pages)$7

Standard Style

Cover Text
  • The title of your thesis
  • Your name
  • The thesis year
Spine Text
  • Your name
  • The thesis year

Jones Style

The Jones Style is required for the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and certain Masters of Applied Science degrees. Please check with your department if a Jones Style binding is required

Cover Text
  • The title of your thesis
  • Your name
  • The degree (for example, Ph.D. Thesis)
  • The University Department (for example, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering)
  • The University / Institution
  • The thesis year
Spine Text
  • Your name
  • 40 characters of the title (we can assist you in condensing your title to 40 characters)
  • The degree (for example, M.Eng.)
  • The thesis year

Please note: if your thesis is not an M.A.Sc. or an M. Eng. in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, a small surcharge of $5 per copy will be applied. This is due to the fact that special printing plates will have to be made.

A4 Binding

We also offer A4 binding. This is usually used in Europe and for other specific submissions.

Cover Text
  • The title of your thesis
  • Your name
  • The thesis year
Spine Text
  • Your name
  • The thesis year

Extras and Additions

We offer a number of extras that we can add to personalize your thesis and make it a special, memorable and attractive book to treasure.

  • Additional lines on the cover: $6.00 per line, per copy
  • Add the title on the spine: $7.00 per copy
  • Add the University of Toronto crest to the cover: $12.50 for the first copy, and $9 for additional copies
  • Add a ribbon: $4.00 per copy
  • Add bands to the top and bottom of the spine: $5.00 per copy
  • Add a CD pocket: $4.00 per copy

If you have specific requests, please get in touch and we will do what we can to accommodate you.

Softcover Binding – No Rush Service Available

Softcover binding is a cheaper alternative to hardcover binding. There are fewer options for each type of binding. Please note that Rush Service is NOT available for any of these options.

Limp Binding – each copy $22

The front and back covers are a thick coloured card, and the spine is a black cloth strip.

Cover colours available: Light blue, grey, and green

The title page will be reproduced on the front cover. There is no printing on the spine

Coil Binding – each copy $12

We offer Coil binding services. This is stronger and more durable than Cerlox binding, and is our recommendation for the lowest price-point binding.

The front cover is a transparent, clear plastic cover sheet so your title page shows through. The back cover is thick card stock.

Cerlox Binding – each copy $12

We also offer the popular Cerlox (or "comb") binding.

The front cover is a transparent, clear plastic cover sheet so your title page shows through. The back cover is thick card stock.

Thesis Printing Request

Please provide your name.
Please provide your email address.
Please provide your phone number.
Please provide the number of copies you require.
Please provide the number of pages.
Please provide the number of colour pages.
Please select a paper size.
Please select a paper weight.
Please select single or double-sided printing.
Please select a cover colour.
Please select a cover text colour.
Pre-Tax Estimate*: $0.00

For Theses with high page counts (300+) binding reinforcement may be required which will incur additional costs.
*This estimate is for demonstration purposes only. UofT Bookstore staff will confirm pricing with the customer before order fulfillment.