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Sirota Memorial Library: Poster Printing and Design

Printing Posters At The Sirota Library


The library staff can print posters for students who have been granted prior approval by an instructor, faculty advisor, or dean.  The approval needs to be emailed to

Schedule An Appointment

Once approval has been sent, request an appointment date and time by email, phone (646-981-4532), or in person

Prepare For Your Appointment

Set the dimensions of your poster before your printing appointment.  

Note: if you change the dimensions after designing the poster, the text and graphics may shift.  

The maximum dimension for one side of the poster is 36”.  The other dimension can be up to 10 feet (not recommended).  The most commonly used dimensions are 36”x48” or 24”x36”.  We can print either portrait or landscape (landscape is more common for posters).

Preview your poster to make sure it looks exactly as you want it to.

We can only print posters from PowerPoint or PDF files.  There are often issues printing PowerPoint files created on Macs, so it is best to save your file in PDF format.

Save the files to be printed on a flash drive.


Students must be present to preview the poster on the computer before it is sent to the printer.

Posters will only be printed once!

The library does NOT edit posters.

Websites With Free Images

Copyright law plays a big part in how you can use and re-use materials in  your scholarly work.  Before re-using an image, check whether it is free for reuse.

A row of filters will appear with your search results.  Click on License to determine which images are free to reuse.

Click on Tools, then on Usage Rights and select "labeled for reuse". 

Click on Any License and choose images "free to share and use".

Creating A Poster In PowerPoint For Windows 2016

Launch PowerPoint and either choose a template or select Blank Presentation.

To specify the dimensions of the poster, click on the Design tab, then click on Slide Size, then Custom Slide Size.

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In the Slide Size dialog box, enter the Width and Height for your poster.  Suggested dimensions are 24x36 or 36x48.  One of the sides must be 36" or smaller to print at the Sirota Memorial Library.  Choose landscape or portrait.

If you want to use a background color other than white, you can change it. Click on the Design tab, then click on the Format Background icon.  

 To add text to your poster, click the Insert tab and choose Text Box.   Then click and drag to create a text box.  You can change the box size and location later.

To add an image to your poster, click on the Insert  tab and choose from the Pictures, Online Pictures, Screenshot, or Photo Album icons depending on where your image is stored.

 To add shapes or lines, click on the Insert tab and choose Shapes . A dropdown menu appears with many different shapes.  Choose a shape, then click and drag to add it to your poster. 

To add a chart, choose the Insert tab and click on the Chart icon.  An Excel spreadsheet will open where you can enter your data. If you need to change something in your chart, you can right click on the Chart and go to Edit Data.  The benefit of creating a chart in PowerPoint is that the Excel spreadsheet is saved with your PowerPoint file.  You can change the data and the chart will resize automatically. 

You can add formatted equations by clicking on the Insert tab and choosing Equation.

FINALLY! Save the file as either PowerPoint or pdf.  

NOTE: If you are using a Mac and plan to print at the Sirota Library you MUST save the file as PDF.

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