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 the appropriate form with your payment and the 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 ProQuest

  • Get the ProQuest "Forms & Instructions for Submitting your Doctoral Dissertation" from the Education Department.
  • ProQuest 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).
  • ProQuest 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 ProQuest Instructions for requirements on font size, page size, charts, and illustrations.
  • A signed ProQuest 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.
  • ProQuest Fees and Services
    • The fee for the ProQuest processing is $65.00, including shipping and regardless of the length of the manuscript, payable by money order to "ProQuest LLC".
    • ProQuest'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.
    • ProQuest 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 ProQuest 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:

  • Extra title page
  • Extra abstract
  • Completed Agreement Form
  • Money order for $120.00 payable to "ProQuest LLC"
  • Reprint Permission Letters as needed

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

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

Last revision / review: April 25, 2015