Bound personal copies of graduate dissertations can be ordered through the Conservation Section of Acquisitions and Resource Management Services (ARMS) at UCSB Library. Graduate students might wish to obtain bound copies of their dissertations for themselves, their relations, or at the request of an academic department.  Ordering of bound copies is optional and is not required for filing.

Please note- the initial filing of your dissertation with the Graduate Division is a separate process. For information on preparing and filing your dissertation with the Graduate Division, refer instead to the Filing Tutorial section of their website.

There are two options for ordering bound copies:  1) through the UCSB Library and 2) direct from the UC bindery.

Ordering Bound Copies Through the UCSB Library

To order personal copies, you will need to print and complete a Dissertation Binding Form (PDF) (.doc version).  Completion of this form includes obtaining signed approval and a budget/recharge number from your department.  Because binding costs are charged to the approving department, students will need to reimburse their department for the cost of binding.  Personal copies currently cost $31 per bound volume.

You will also need to produce the printed copies of your dissertation. Use of 100% cotton bond paper is a preferred choice but not a requirement. You are responsible for ensuring that all pages are collated correctly. When ordering multiple copies it is helpful to ensure the separation between copies is clear. Manila envelopes or short paper boxes work well for this.

Bring printed copies of your dissertation and the completed Dissertation Binding Form to UCSB Library, room 3561. Dissertations are shipped to the UC Bindery once every four weeks and are normally returned to us a month thereafter; the specific schedule is linked below.  Bound copies of the dissertation will be sent to the student’s department via UCSB Campus Mail when they are returned.

Ordering Bound Copies Directly From the UC Bindery

Another option is to order your dissertation copies directly from the UC Bindery, on the Thesis and Dissertations page. If you have a PDF copy of your dissertation and would like the Bindery to copy and bind it, there is an automated online ordering system where you can place your order, select the delivery method and make payment. Major credit cards and University procurement cards are accepted.

Or if you have a printed copy of your thesis or dissertation that you wish to send directly to the UC Bindery, place your binding order by filling out their Thesis Binding Order Form.


For questions, please do not hesitate to contact David Howarter by phone at (805) 893-2584 or via email.

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