Poster Printing

MERIT offers wide-format poster printing to students, staff, faculty, and our community users. Orders must be placed online for pickup. Cost is $4 per square foot and is payable with Wiscard, departmental Wiscard, departmental funding string, or guest print card (note: MERIT does not accept credit card payments). Examples: conference or research posters, promotional materials, graphic design work, and signage. Poster printing is not self-service. 

How to order: By clicking the red “Submit a Poster” button below, you will be redirected to sign-in to your UW Libraries account.

  • On the sign-in page you can review poster printing options and poster file requirements.
  • Once signed-in to your library account you can choose MERIT as a printing location.
  • Our service desk staff will review requests submitted through the UW-Madison Libraries Poster Printing application during open hours.

Submit a Poster

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What are the poster file requirements?

File considerations

  • We currently accept image files-only: JPEG, PNG, or TIFF
  • Image files received are printed as-is.
  • Format, edit, and resize before submitting print request

Review your poster thoroughly for typos and quality issues

  • Check print quality!  TIP: Zoom to “Actual Size” to look for pixelation, distortion, or blurriness

Make sure your file size is printable

  • One edge must measure less than 42 inches (maximum length for other edge = 72 inches)
  • How to check size in Photoshop:
    • From the “Image” tab (top navigation)
    • Select “Image Size”
    • As needed, use drop-downs to change from pixels to inches

Save your file with this naming style:

  • YourName-OneWordDescription (e.g. BuckyBadger-Lakefront)

How quickly are posters printed?

  • 3 hours from receipt of order (during open hours)
    • Orders submitted after 5 p.m. may be processed the following business day
    • We do not print posters within 1-hour of closing time
  • During busy times, wait for posters can be up to 2-days; please plan ahead
  • We do not cut posters (there is a table with trimming tools available)

How do I pick-up my poster?

You will be notified by email when your poster is ready for pick-up.  It will be available from the MERIT service desk: 3rd floor of Teacher Education building (225 N. Mills street).  What to expect:

  • Ask for your poster by name
    • We will ask you to verify poster file name (for example: “Bucky Badger, Lakefront”)
  • Payment at pick-up
    • Cost: $4 per square foot
    • Personal:
      • Wiscard
      • Guest print card (available at MERIT service desk or for purchase at Memorial library)
      • NOT ACCEPTED: Credit or debit cards
    • Department:
      • Departmental Wiscard
      • Departmental funding strings
      • NOT ACCEPTED: P-cards (credit cards)
  • Add-on
    • Cardboard poster tubes available for $3.10

What are my payment options?

You can pay for a poster in the following ways:

  •  Personal
    • Wiscard
    • Guest print card (available at MERIT service desk or for purchase at Memorial library)
    • NOT ACCEPTED: Credit or debit cards
  • Department
    • Departmental Wiscard
    • Departmental funding strings
    • NOT ACCEPTED: P-cards (credit cards)

Does MERIT offer poster travel tubes?

Yes, we do!   Cardboard poster tubes available for $3.10

I'm a community user without a library account, can I print?

Yes!

MERIT welcomes local PreK-12 educators (and other community users) to use our poster printing as well as other printing/lamination services in our space.

Contact our service desk staff directly by email at: library@education.wisc.edu or call: 608-263-4750.

Questions about this service?  Email: library@education.wisc.edu