If you would like to have bound copies of your thesis or dissertation, Sterne Library can handle that process for you.

After final approval by the Graduate School, make printed copies of your document. Your pages will not be checked for correctness before they are sent to the bindery, so check each page carefully to ensure they have printed and copied correctly throughout. Take the number of copies that you want to have bound to the administrative offices at Sterne Library during normal business hours. If you want a copy of your signed approval form to be included in your personal copies, you must make copies and place them in the copies you send to be bound. The original form is kept in the Graduate School.


Because these copies will not be placed on the shelf in the library, there is no special paper requirement; however, your bound copies will have a more professional appearance and have a longer shelf life if you use a high quality paper. White 20-24 lb., acid-free, 8 ½ x 11, watermarked paper (available in most office supply stores and professional copy centers) is the usual choice for bound dissertations.


The first bound copy is $35.00. Additional copies are $30.00 each. A 4% sales tax applies. You may pay by check, payable to Tuscaloosa Library Bindery.

Your bound copies will be returned to Sterne Library within 4-5 weeks. You will be notified when they are ready to be picked up.