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Plotter Poster Printing: Policy & Pricing


The plotter is a Hewlett-Packard DesignJet T1700. It is useful for large-format printing, such as posters or banners. Its 2400-dpi resolution ensures that it will be useful for printing images as well. It is set up to print from Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Reader, and all Microsoft Office products (including PowerPoint and Publisher).  The plotter is equipped with coated paper that is 42 inches wide.

Usage Policies

The plotter is to be used for academic purposes only, such as printing out a poster to present to your class or at a conference. Persons interested in using the plotter must do so by appointment (see the bottom of the page).

Posters and other items should be completed and saved on a flash drive or accessible from cloud storage before being brought in for printing. Faculty may use the software on the computer in the Faculty Lab in advance of their appointment to make any necessary changes.

Users are encouraged to not wait until the last minute to make an appointment. During high-use times, such as during the Research and Performance Showcase, this is especially important.

To make an appointment, please contact your Departmental Liaison.

Intended Users
The plotter is not available for use by people outside of the current Elmhurst College community.

  • Faculty are welcome to use the plotter to support a variety of academic endeavors.
  • Staff may use the plotter to help support the academic endeavors of the college, for example, on behalf of a faculty member.
  • Students may use the plotter to print out presentations and posters for academic purposes only and with supervison of a faculty member.  The plotter may not be used to print out posters for extracurricular organizations. Student organizations are reminded that Central Printing may serve their needs.



The library does not make a profit from use of the plotter. Rather, our intent is for the plotter to be self-supporting, with minimal impact on the library budget and on the faculty and students that we serve. As a result, there are fees for using the plotter. Rest assured that these prices were generated after much consideration, and are lower than the prices charged by commercial operations.

Please note that we do not accept cash, check, or credit card. Fees will be charged to the appropriate department account.

  • Price by Length: $1.00 per 6 inches or $2.00 per foot (rounded up to the nearest half-foot as needed)
  • 43 Inch Long Mailing Tube or Box:  $5.00
  • Display Tri-Fold Boards (Corrugated Cardboard, 36″ w x 48″ h): $12

We will not charge for mistakes as long the print job is stopped within the first 6 inches. Please remain with your print job until the poster has completed printing

In order not to incur unnecessary charges, it is advised that you check and double-check your work, and view your poster in Print Preview. Spell-check as necessary. Do a test print of your poster on a regular printer by using the “Scale to fit paper” option in the Print window.