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Thesis Binding

Thesis Binding

The Office of Graduate Studies and the Pfau Library do not require students to have their theses, projects or dissertations bound into a hardcover book. Your document is now digitally archived on the CSUSB ScholarWorks website and shared online. However, if you would like to have a copy bound, you may certainly do so by working with a binding company.

Be aware that companies may use different production processes, and prices can vary widely. Some companies require that a paper copy of your document be sent to them for binding while others will print the manuscript for you from a pdf file.  Thesis on Demand has a price calculator on their website to help you determine the cost, and PHD Book Binding has a price list on their website. Keep in mind that some companies charge extra for lettering on the front cover and the shipping cost is not usually included.

When having your thesis, project, or dissertation bound, we recommend using Buckram Royal Blue (#588) for the cover and gold lettering on the spine, in keeping with the binding practices CSUSB followed before theses were archived online. The guidelines you followed when you formatted your thesis included a wide left margin (1.5 inches) to accommodate binding; the document is formatted to be printed single-sided. You may need to adjust the margins if you decide to print double-sided.

The spine title usually includes your last name and the title of your thesis. Some companies will also include your graduation year. Many students like to have the title of their thesis and the name of the university on the front cover as well.


Binding Companies

A few companies are listed below. More binding companies can be found by searching online. 

  • Thesis on Demand
    Location: North Manchester, Indiana
    Phone: (800) 334-3628  Email:
    Email or upload your pdf document for printing and binding.
  • PHD Book Binding
    Location: Austin, Texas
    Phone: : (512) 478-0871  Email:
    Mail your printed documents for binding or send a pdf file for printing and binding.
  • Golden Rule Bindery
    242 Bingham Drive, Suite 101
    Location: Vista, California
    Phone: (760) 471-4331
    Contact the company for information on thesis binding.