USM Libraries

Thesis and Dissertation Binding

The library accepts prepared theses and dissertations for binding. Students should prepare their manuscripts, including all documentation, in accordance with the accepted manual of style approved by the appropriate school or department. Information about the general university formatting requirements can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook

Prepared manuscripts can be mailed or delivered to:


Jessica Hovey

Glickman Library

314 Forest Avenue

Portland, ME 04104

(207) 780-4334


Dale Kuczinski

Lewiston-Auburn Campus Library

51 Westminster Street

Lewiston, Maine 04240


We will require the following with the delivery of your manuscript(s):

  • A printed copy for each thesis or dissertation you would like bound.
  • Completed signature pages from the required readers or committee members.
  • Cash or a check made out to the University of Southern Maine for each copy you would like bound (excluding the library copy).
  • A completed Bindery Release Form for your thesis order. This form also has information about publishing your thesis to our University repository, the USM Digital Commons.


How much does binding cost?

Bound manuscripts are $25 each. The library binds one copy free of charge, but you will have to print that copy in addition to the others that you are requesting.

We request that your thesis is printed on bonded paper, like Southworth Business or Thesis paper. Southworth paper can be found at office supply stores like Staples and OfficeMax.

Do you accept double-sided printing?

Yes, we accept either single-sided or double-sided printing.

What type of payment is accepted?

We currently accept cash or check for payment. Checks should be made out to the University of Southern Maine.

Am I required to include my thesis or dissertation in the USM Digital Commons?

Adding your work to the USM Digital Commons provides you with a permanent URL that can be used on a resume or CV, and because the repository is web-based your research has potential to be accessed globally. You are also welcome to opt-out of adding your work to Digital Commons or restricting access, and you can indicate so on the form. 

Do you accept digital signatures for the signature pages?

Yes, we accept digital signatures on the signature pages.