Large Format Printing Policy

The large format print request service is available to UNC Charlotte students, faculty, and staff for academic use only. The use of our services for commercial purposes is prohibited. Those who request this service must do so in compliance with all of the laws, regulations, and policies set forth by UNC Charlotte and J. Murrey Atkins Library.

Print Request
All large format print requests should be made through the Large Format Print Request Form. Requests are processed in the order they are received.

Large format print requests should be given a 24–48 hour turnaround time from the time your request is received.

Library staff reserves the right to decline a print request for reasons that include, but are not limited to, incompatible file format, corrupt file, or oversized file.

Acceptable Formats
Upload your file to the request form in one of the following formats:

  • PowerPoint
  • PDF

Please note that certain PowerPoint fonts saved on a Mac may change when opened on a PC. To ensure the desired look of your print, use an embedded font or avoid using specialty fonts.

Print dimensions must be indicated in inches. The maximum print width is 36 inches.

Payment is due at the time of pickup. We currently accept payment in either cash or credit. Cost is determined by the length of your print per linear foot. (A linear foot is equal to 12 inches, measured lengthwise.) The cost for large format printing is as follows:

  • $1.80 per linear foot (B&W)*
  • $6.00 per linear foot (Color)*

*Rates are subject to change without notice.

User Rights and Limitations
J. Murrey Atkins Library stands behind and supports intellectual freedom and creative expression. However, the use and/or request of the plotter printer must be used for lawful purposes only. The Library’s user behavior and acceptable use policies apply to all uses of the plotter printer and large format prints. The Library prohibits any use of the plotter printer for illegal purposes, which includes the creation of materials that are prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Print requests must comply with the Copyright Policy maintained by the J. Murrey Atkins Library and UNC Charlotte. This policy outlines the unlawful, restricted, and unfair use of copyrighted materials and any use that violates intellectual property rights.

Print Quality and Reprints
Library staff will take measures to ensure that the plotter printer performs to the specifications of the your file. However, the quality of a large format print may depend on the format, size, quality and other specifications of your file.

In instances where the large format print fails as a result of printer failure, library staff will reprint at no extra cost. However, dissatisfaction with design, size (if printed as directed), color, quality, and/or other factors beyond the control of library staff will not qualify for a cost-free reprint. Please note, library staff will not be responsible for correcting typos or reformatting files; please proofread and edit your document before you submit.

Print Job Pickup
You will receive an email once your large format print is ready for pickup. Prints must be paid for and picked up at the Circulation Desk within 7 days of notification, after which the Library no longer assumes responsibility for your print. Failure to pick up your print within 7 days will result in the cost being charged to your account as a library fine.

You must present your ID in order to pick up your print. Only the person who initiated the print request (via the print request form) may pay for and pick up a print.