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Plotter (Poster Printer) Guide

A step-by-step guide to wide-format printing at the Main and Mudd Library.

Size & Cost

Paper: 28lb bond paper only
Minimum 3mm margins
24", 36", and 42" paper available.

At least one edge of print must be less than or equal to maximum available roll size.
Other edge can be any size, min. 10" max. 150"

Please see staff for information, including assistance with setting up your file to print on the Plotter!

Plotter printing costs $2.50 per square foot.
Payment is made through NUPrint. We cannot accept a chartstring for printing.

Calculate Printing Cost

Length (in) ="
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Cost: $


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)

Map of University Library with the Plotter location in the Information Commons highlighted.


We also have a Plotter in the Mudd Library (2nd floor, Mudd Hall) on the north end of Northwestern's Evanston campus.

Need Help?

Please see the Information Commons desk for questions or assistance with the Plotter in the Main library.

See a Mudd Library staff person for assistance with the Plotter in the Mudd Library (Mudd Hall)

Email with any questions!

Library Plotters


We recommend using a PC to print, and printing with PowerPoint (PPT files) or Adobe Reader (PDF). We recommend PhotoShop for images and advanced scaling and positioning options. We also recommend using a PC in the library with a networked Internet connection (vs. a laptop on wireless).

For a guide on setting 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 Staff (University Library) or Mudd staff (Mudd Library) for assistance.


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

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



Printing Help

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