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Last Updated: May 7, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Home Print Page

Fee Schedule

Paper: Heavyweight coated paper only (maximum width: 42", including minimum 0.4" margins - thus max. image width is 41.6" which should be printed as 42" print width.)

  • $1.50/square foot


  • 24" x 18" poster = $4.50 ($1.50 x 3 sq. ft.) = $4.50
  • 42" x 24" poster = $10.50 ($1.50 x 7 sq. ft.) = $10.50

Printing Help

If you need help with our NUPrint system or have questions about paying for printing, please visit the NUPrint Guide:


Ask Us!

The plotter is a self-service printer located in the Information Commons.

To set up your document for printing, select the program you are using from the tabs above. If your program is not available, please see the Information Commons desk for further assistance.

For help with ink and paper replacement or technical difficulties, please see the Information Commons desk, which is staffed at all times the library is open.



HP Designjet 4500ps Printer

For large-sized prints, maps, posters, signs, banners and reproductions.

Printer name: find this printer from the printer options on library public PCs:

Product name: HP Designjet 4500ps Printer (also see this product data sheet in PDF)

  • Standard memory : 256 MB
  • Maximum memory : 512 MB
  • Hard disk capacity : Standard, 40 GB
  • Print quality black (best) : Up to 2400 x 1200 dpi
  • Print quality colour (best) : Up to 2400 x 1200 optimized dpi and 1200 x 1200 input dpi
  • Print technology : HP Thermal Inkjet
  • Colour(s) of print cartridges : Black, cyan, magenta, yellow
  • Compatible ink types : Black: pigmented, CMY: dye-based
  • Guaranteed minimum line width : 0.075 mm
  • Line accuracy : +/- 0.1%
  • Standard connectivity : Fast Ethernet (10/100 Mbps), FireWire (IEEE-1394a compliant), EIO slot
  • Standard printer languages : Adobe® PostScript® Level 3, Adobe PDF 1.5, HP-GL/2, HP-RTL,TIF, JPEG, CALS G4
  • Finished output handling : Two rolls, automatic roll-switching, automatic cutter, optional stacker, optional automatic inline folding device


Want to print a poster? Come try our Plotter! This plotter is located in the Information Commons, just down the steps from the main entrance. - see map (below)


Other Large Format Printers

Other areas on campus offer large format printing.
Note: The information in this guide is only for the Plotter in the Northwestern University Library Information Commons. Pricing and procedures will vary for large format printing at other locations.

Evanston CampusBiological Imaging Facility
Chicago Campus: SMPP@RIC, or FedEx@Searle Building.

Need help to create posters? Check out this Guide.



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