You can drop off your ready to print file in-person at the Freedman Center any time we are open and it will be printed within 48 hours. Our 48 hour turn around time does not include days we are closed, so check our hours before dropping off your file! If you need your poster sooner, there is a $5 rush fee for expedited service. The following are cut-off times for expedited service:
Posters are accepted in PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx) or .pdf formats only. Files must be brought in on a USB drive in-person. We do not accept direct email submissions, except under extenuating circumstances (ie: you are studying abroad or conducting field research outside of the Cleveland area).
Tips to avoid conversion issues:
NOTE: If you bring in a poster it cannot exceed 20MB.
Dimensions and scaling:
The first thing that will be checked are the dimensions of your poster. Based on your poster's size, we can change its size based on its aspect ratio. For example, if your poster is 21" x 35", we can increase the size to 42" x 70", but we will not print it out at 42" x 55" as that will distort the poster.
If you want your poster to be printed at a size that your poster does not naturally scale up or down to, you will be asked to edit it yourself on your own computer or one of ours.
The longest length the short side of your poster may be is 42".
Types of paper, poster tubes, laminating, and foam board mounting:
You will be asked which type of paper you want. This not only determines what type of paper your poster is on, but the price as well. Each bullet point below describes the types of paper we offer grouped by price range. See Pricing and payment for more information.
When you arrive at the Freedman Center, you should let the assistant know that you are picking up a poster and the last name on the order. If you have a last name that is known to have multiple spellings providing the correct spelling is appreciated!
Once your poster has been retrieved, you will be offered the chance to see the poster prior to paying for it. This is optional.
Once the poster is ready to be paid for the type of payment will determine what happens next:
All print orders must be picked up within 30 days. After 30 days, your poster will be discarded and a charge will be placed on your library account or SpeedType (if one was provided during drop-off).