Binding of Theses & Dissertations

The Francis A. Drexel Library binds masters theses and doctoral dissertations for graduating SJU students.

The Library will bind personal as well as departmental copies. In addition, the Library requires that one copy be added to the Library's collection.

Please submit this form with your payment and the appropriate number of unbound copies of your thesis or dissertation to the Francis A. Drexel Library Service Desk.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Bolce at or 610-660-1911.

Submitting Your Doctoral Dissertation to UMI

  • Get the UMI "Forms & Instructions for Submitting your Doctoral Dissertation" from the Education Department.
  • UMI will prepare a master negative microfilm of the manuscript and store the negative in their film vault. They will also create a digital version of the text in Adobe PDF and mount that on their website, ProQuest Digital Dissertations. Finally, they will publish the citation and abstract in the appropriate paper and online sources (Dissertations Abstracts International, Comprehensive Dissertation Index, Dissertation Abstracts Ondisc, and ProQuest Digital Dissertations).
  • UMI requires the original or a high-quality xerographic copy of the manuscript. They prefer an unbound copy, since it facilitates the scanning and microfilming process. See the UMI Instructions for requirements on font size, page size, charts, and illustrations.
  • A signed UMI Publishing Agreement Form must accompany the manuscript.
  • An abstract of not more than three hundred and fifty (350) words for dissertations should accompany the manuscript.
  • The fee for the UMI processing is $65.00, including shipping and regardless of the length of the manuscript, payable by money order to "ProQuest Information and Learning Company".
  • UMI's "Author Discount Order Form" for additional bound copies is optional and not recommended since the library arranges for bound copies from our bindery for only $15 each.
  • UMI will also act as your agent in applying for a copyright for the manuscript. This includes preparing the application, and submitting the required deposit copies and the registration fee to the Copyright Office at the Library of Congress. The copyright registration form will be mailed by the Copyright Office directly to you. The charge for this copyright service is $55.00 and is required by the SJU Department of Educational Leadership. 
  • As the author of the manuscript, you will be asked to certify that any previously copyrighted material used in your work, beyond "fair use" is with written permission of the copyright owner. Please refer to Copyright Law & Graduate Research: New Media, New Rights and Your New Dissertation by Dr. Kenneth Crews. You must attach copies of permission letters from copyright owners to the Agreement Form. The letters must state that the copyright owner is aware that UMI may supply single copies on demand. If permissions are not supplied, copyrighted materials will not be reproduced.

Submit your manuscript to the Francis A. Drexel Library Service Desk, with the following supporting documents in an 8 1/2" x 11" envelope:

  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Completed Agreement Form
  • Money order for $120.00 payable to "ProQuest Information and Learning Company"
  • Reprint Permission Letters
  • A statement from Dr. Raymond Horn declaring that the dissertation has been successfully defended and the student is graduating.
  • A transmittal list including any special instructions. In this way, UMI can be certain that they have received everything you planned to send and that they are fulfilling your requirements.

The Library will then send your Dissertation on to UMI for processing.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Bolce at or 610-660-1911.

Last revision / review: August 1, 2012